Now’s the right time to signal distress | Brief letters

Alzheimer’s disease | Wine warning | Union jacks | No-deal recipes | April Fools’ stories

Anne Penketh, who writes movingly about her mother’s mental deterioration and need for specialist care (Opinion, 28 March), should ask for an assessment for NHS Continuing Care immediately. Most people with severe Alzheimer’s disease who are displaying aggressive behaviour will qualify to have all their care costs met, as their needs are health needs, not just social care. This does not deal with the emotional pain of watching a loved relative deteriorate, but it does deal with the issue of justice.
Hilary Caldicott
Freeland, Oxfordshire

• I see (Report, 28 March) that the French are upset by the suggestion they should limit their wine consumption to two glasses a day. When I visited Paris in the early 1950s there were posters in all the Métro carriages saying: “For your health’s sake, do not drink more than a litre of wine a day.” Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose.
Tony Meacock
Norwich, Norfolk

• Your picture (page 11, 29 March) of television crews outside parliament showed at least two union jacks attached upside down to their poles. I assume this was deliberate – to signal distress.
Michael Robinson
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

• Really? The only recipes in Feast (23 March) that relied solely on store-cupboard ingredients were those by Jack Monroe and Rachel Roddy. With no-deal Brexit over the horizon surely you can do better than this?
Fred Pickering
Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

• Considering all that is going on in the news, I fear it will be particularly difficult to pick out this year’s April Fools’ story on Monday.
Antony Jarrett
Hassocks, West Sussex

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