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Dementia: drug-free MAKS therapy slows the course of the disease
Around 1.6 million people in Germany suffer from dementia, the majority of them have Alzheimer's. Although the disease is not curable, it can be stopped. Among other things through the so-called MAKS therapy.
More and more people with dementia
According to the German Alzheimer's Association (DAlzG), around 1.6 million people with dementia live in Germany today. About 60 percent of them suffer from Alzheimer's type dementia. But the number continues to rise. Despite decades of research, the disease is still not curable, but it can be stopped. Among other things, with the help of the so-called MAKS therapy, a holistic treatment approach without medication.
Minister of Health campaigns for drug-free MAKS therapy
Bavaria's Minister of Health and Nursing Melanie Huml campaigns for nursing home operators for the use of drug-free MAKS therapy in people with dementia.
“MAKS therapy makes it possible to delay the loss of everyday practical and cognitive skills. This means that living conditions for those affected and their relatives can be maintained at the same high level for a longer period of time, ”the minister said in a statement.
The effectiveness of MAKS therapy had been shown by a study in 32 day care facilities, half of them in Bavaria, with over 360 dementia patients.
The results of the study were available in mid-2017 and were also published in the “Deutsche Ärzteblatt” last December.
Concept for holistic resource promotion
"MAKS therapy has a noticeably beneficial effect on independence in everyday life and on the quality of life of people with dementia," explained Huml.
"This represents a major step forward in dementia therapy. Maintaining everyday skills means that nursing home operators can also benefit from relief."
The MAKS therapy developed by the Center for Medical Health Services Research at the Psychiatric University Clinic in Erlangen is a concept for holistic resource promotion tailored to the needs of people with dementia.
The therapy concept consists of targeted exercises on motor skills (such as movement games), everyday practical processes (including craft and household activities) and cognition (memory and other brain functions are tested) in a social-communicative environment (in a group).
The progression of the disease was stopped
The Center for Medical Health Services Research, led by Professor Dr. Elmar Gräßel and Dr. Katharina Luttenberger in the period from April 2015 to March 2017, what effects MAKS therapy has in day care.
Bavaria's Minister of Health explained: "The study has shown that drug-free MAKS therapy can delay the progression of dementia and improve the quality of life of those affected."
According to the minister, “people with mild cognitive disorders or dementia as a result of the therapy showed a significantly better course of everyday practical and cognitive skills compared to the usual care. This also applies to conspicuous behaviors as well as anxiety and depression in these patients, who were far less pronounced. ”(Ad)