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Current studies show a significant increase in dementia patients

Forgetfulness, problems with thinking, disorientation: more than a million people with dementia live in Germany. According to current studies, a drastic increase in dementia patients is expected.

Development is rated as “dramatic” The health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit points to an expected dramatic increase in dementia patients and refers to current studies by the Berlin Institute for Population and Development. This development is rated by the DAK as “dramatic” and should therefore be informed about new benefits from long-term care insurance that have been introduced since January this year. "For the care of those affected and the relief for relatives, the new law is an important step forward," said a DAK spokesman.

Far more dementia sufferers in 2025 In 2025 there will be far more dementia sufferers than in 2008. For example, an increase of 42 percent from 4,870 to around 6,900 people with dementia is expected in the Pinneberg district. An increase of 48 percent is expected in Günzburg, Bavaria, and 47 percent in the Wesel district in North Rhine-Westphalia, from 7,430 to around 10,880 people with dementia. The forecast is somewhat lower in Bochum, where an increase of 26 percent is expected.

Increased nursing benefits Since the beginning of the year, people with dementia have been able to obtain nursing care benefits even after they have been assessed, even if they are not at nursing level. And for patients in care levels I to II, the care benefits increase if the opinion of the medical service of the health insurance (MDK) shows a significant general need for care, which significantly reduces the so-called "everyday competence". The increased performance contributions are intended to create the opportunity to improve home care for that group of people. For example, in care level I, the amount of care allowance increases by 70 euros. Those in need could also decide in the future whether to choose the well-known benefits in kind or to buy a time quota for the provision of care. For this, an agreement between service providers and long-term care insurance must be concluded.

Doubling by 2050 Around 1.3 million people nationwide are currently suffering from dementia. Dementia is a brain disorder that affects short-term memory, thinking, language and motor skills. The Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth on its advisory page "Wegweiser Demenz" assumes an increase in the number of dementia patients to three million by 2050. It mainly affects people over the age of 65. Demographic change is rated as a given driver for the increase in dementia. (ad)

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