Alzheimer Memory Centre
Head: Prof. Dr. D. Rujescu
Currently about one million people in Germany suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which thereby represents the most common psychiatric disease in old age.
The prevalence of dementia among the over 65-year-olds in Germany encompasses 7.2%.
As a consequence of the demographic change the number of patients will increase from app. 1.5 million in 2030 to more than 2 million in 2050.
The diagnostic process during early stages of Alzheimer’s disease contains uncertainties as clinical distinction from other neurodegenerative diseases, various forms of secondary dementias and depressive syndroms is difficult.
A clear diagnostic allocation especially in this early stage is quite important, as therapeutic interventions are highly variable. Also pharmacotherapeutic interventions are more successful when started early on.
A combination of scientific knowledge in the fields of genetics, biomarkers and imaging in order to identify causes of dementia is a most important prerequisite in meeting the challenge of creating models of aging with dignity in a society with demographic changes.
Aim of the Alzheimer memory centre is offering the best possible diagnostic tools and therapy to our patients using a multi modal approach as researching the causes of dementia on the highest level.