Dementia: Better patient care is required


World Alzheimer's Day: Care for dementia patients can be expanded

As part of yesterday's World Alzheimer's Day, Federal Family Minister Kristina Schröder (CDU) dedicated a detailed lecture on the topic of dementia and Alzheimer's, in which she also drew attention to the difficulties in caring for people with dementia and the threatening increase in neurodegenerative disease.

As the Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth explained on the occasion of World Alzheimer's Day on September 21, the consequences of Alzheimer's and dementia pose a particular challenge for those affected. "Dementia patients are prisoners of their own reality" and "The more they need our attention, our warmth and our attention," emphasized the Federal Minister for Family Affairs.

1.2 million dementia patients in Germany According to the minister, there are currently over 1.2 million people with dementia in Germany, with two thirds of those suffering from the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's. According to the dementia report 2011 of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, the number of those affected is expected to double by 2050 if no groundbreaking progress in the prevention and treatment of the neurodegenerative disease is achieved. According to the Berlin Institute, the number of dementia patients worldwide will increase to 115 million by 2050. The foreseeable massive increase in dementia diseases is not only an increasing burden for the care facilities, but also places high demands on the relatives and those around them.

As the Federal Minister for Family Affairs explained, "the fight against the isolation of dementia sufferers is lived charity and it has to be regained every day, hourly and every minute." Schröder explained that dementia costs a lot of "strength, time and money" for every member of the family. In the minister's view, society as a whole is also challenged here, because “each of us can give dementia sufferers a little bit of joy at the moment, be it in direct contact or by relieving relatives.” Accordingly, the motto against loneliness and the fears of dementia sufferers “Look and ask what you can do” read, so that those affected “can turn a lonely time into a handful of beautiful moments!”

Measures to improve the care of dementia patients As important steps that have already been initiated by the state in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer's, Kristina Schröder named the support of the German Alzheimer's Society by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs and the promotion of offers that improve the handling of of the disease and its consequences. In addition, the family care time had been worked out to relieve the caring relatives. In addition, those affected and relatives can find out more on the Internet portal of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs and receive help on how to deal with the neurodegenerative disease. The Federal Minister of Family Affairs cited the significant improvement in the structures for volunteering and volunteering as a further success. Since the civilian service providers are no longer available for nursing services when conscription ceases to exist, an expansion of volunteer work was urgently required anyway.

The Federal Minister of Family Affairs also sees significant progress in expanding the range of multi-generation homes since July 2009. The project "Dementia in Multi-Generation Homes", funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs and supported by the German Alzheimer's Association, continues to enable dementia patients and their relatives to participate in social life, the explained Minister the advantages of this special form of living. In addition, playrooms are currently being set up at twenty multi-generation houses with the help of the association "Mehr Zeit für Kinder e.V.", in which young and old residents should not only learn to understand each other, but also train their minds while having fun together. The German Alzheimer Society and the Transfer Center for Neuroscience and Learning (ZNL) are also involved in the project, said Schröder. Overall, however, there is a significant increase in the number of initiatives and projects to take into account the growing number of dementia patients. (fp)

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