"Bavaria digital dementia registry" to explore the disease

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Project "Digital Register of Bavaria Dementias" | Photo: Jens Kalaene / Archives

A reminder with the words "Herd aus?" stick to a stove next to the buttons. – Photo: Jens Kalaene / Archives

A new digital registry of dementias should make it possible to learn more about the disease and improve the situation of those affected and their loved ones. The research project "digiDEM Bayern" should be better understood, especially the long-term evolution of dementia diseases, said Monday the Minister of Health, Melanie Huml (CSU). In the joint project of the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Erlangen University Hospital, the Free State is investing 2.2 million euros, according to the information available to him, by the end of next year.

On the one hand, long-term data on the treatment, care and provision of people with dementia and on the care of caregivers in all regions of Bavaria are collected and evaluated. On the other hand, an online platform should inform victims and their loved ones of offers of assistance.

According to the ministry, more than 240,000 people have dementia in Bavaria. By 2030, the number will rise to 300,000. "It is important for society to learn how to manage dementia," said Huml, according to the ministry's announcement. A key goal of the state government is to preserve the self-determination and dignity of patients with dementia in all phases of the disease. Patients with dementia lose their mental abilities. The most common form is Alzheimer's disease.

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