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Demenzen im Alter — Forschungsprobleme der klinischen Psychiatrie und ihrer Nachbardisziplinen

  • H. Lauter
  • R. Zimmer
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Zu den chronisch Kranken, die ein Leitthema dieses Kongresses darstellen, gehören auch etwa 500000 Personen in der Bundesrepublik mit einer mittelgradigen oder schweren Form der Altersdemenz. Infolge des relativen Anstiegs der Höchstaltrigen in der Gesamtbevölkerung und der verbesserten Möglichkeiten von Infektionsprophylaxe und medizinischer Technik wird ihre Zahl in den nächsten zwanzig Jahren voraussichtlich weiter anwachsen. Nur wenige von ihnen werden im Rahmen von stationären oder ambulanten psychiatrischen Einrichtungen betreut; die weitaus überwiegende Mehrzahl dieser Menschen lebt außerhalb von medizinischen oder sozialen Institutionen, gestützt von einem familiären System von Hilfeleistungen, das zuletzt vor 20 Jahren von Townsend (1964) untersucht wurde. Jede Abschwächung dieses Selbsthilfepotentials durch veränderte soziale Strukturen oder kulturelle Normen würde die Leistungskapazität der öffentlichen Gesundheitsfürsorge vor schwere Probleme stellen.

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