Turmeric spices up hunt for Alzheimer’s cure

Published: 23/01/2014

Studies have indicated that the spice turmeric could help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in patients.

In one study, entitled “Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia”, three patients with Alzheimer’s saw such behavioural symptoms as irritability, agitation and anxiety “improve remarkably” as a result of consuming a proportion of turmeric over a 12-week period.

Alzheimer’s currently affects over 26 million people worldwide with predictions this figure will quadruple by 2050. As a result one in every 85 people worldwide would suffer from the condition.

Linda Cummins is the Head of Wills and Probate at Goldsmith Williams. She explains how people can prepare for such a possibility:

“Alzheimer’s disease is one of those things we hope will never affect us or our loved ones. But even with such advances these figures suggest more and more of us will encounter the condition one way or another so it is essential we are prepared for such an event.

“A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows you to appoint someone to look after your affairs if you became unable to do so. Think of it as self-insurance. Hopefully like our home or car insurance we’ll never need to use it but it’s there all the same, just in case and would ensure your finances are taken care of by the person you trust the most.

“Without an LPA no one has the right to take charge of your finances – not even your spouse or partner. This could mean critical bills could go unpaid and leave your loved ones exposed.”

Click here for more information about making an LPA. Alternatively download our free guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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