Deficits in offers for younger dementia patients
Around 1.5 million people in Germany suffer from dementia, most of whom have Alzheimer's. So far, the disease is incurable, but it can be delayed with medication in the early stages. In some regions, however, there is a lack of offers for younger dementia patients.
More and more dementia patients
According to the German Alzheimer's Association (DAG), around 1.5 million people in Germany suffer from dementia. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the number of people with dementia will increase enormously in the coming years. Although early detection is one of the most important points to counteract the disease, dementia is often recognized too late. Another problem is that the patients - especially the younger ones - often cannot be cared for well enough.
Not enough childcare options for younger people
Alzheimer's disease mostly affects people aged 65 and over, but certain forms of dementia appear from the age of 50. Even children can get dementia. Young dementia patients usually have a particularly difficult time because offers of help are still rare.
So also in Thuringia. According to the Thuringian Alzheimer Society, the state lacks care facilities for people who develop dementia at a younger age. Project manager Doreen Seidler told the German Press Agency that offers like day care are primarily tailored to older people. "Younger victims are not in good hands there."
According to agency information, around 120 specialists and affected people met in Sondershausen on Saturday for Thuringian Alzheimer's Day. (ad)