19 049 patients treated for Alzheimer's in hospital
More and more people are being hospitalized for Alzheimer's disease. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on the occasion of World Alzheimer's Day on September 21, 19,049 patients were treated in hospital for Alzheimer's disease in 2015. This means that the number of inpatient cases has increased by 85 percent in the past 15 years. During this period, the increase was as high as 125% for men (to 7 578 cases) and 65% for women (to 11 471 cases).
The first warning signs in older people are a constant repetition of the same stories, questions or wording. Declining to completely no longer exists, the completion of everyday business, such as personal hygiene and external appearance, monetary business, answering simple questions and finding everyday objects. Later there is often loss of motor body functions and emotional unpredictability, which means constant care for those affected. The situation is usually very stressful for the social environment and the family members of Alzheimer's patients. (sb)