Average life expectancy in our society continues to increase. That's good news. But there's also some bad news: As life expectancy increases, so do the risks of contracting neurodegenerative diseases. Such diseases include dementias, such as Alzheimer's, as well as diseases such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and ALS. All are tied to nerve-cell degeneration.
In addition to causing suffering for patients, neurodegenerative diseases create emotional and physical burdens for patients' family members and economic burdens for healthcare systems.
The World Health Organization forecasts that by 2040 these diseases will be the second most common cause of death, second only to cardiovascular diseases. In Germany alone, the number of dementia patients is expected to reach some two million by 2025.
Our vision is to become able, someday, to prevent and heal neurodegenerative diseases. Your donations can help us reach our goal sooner than we otherwise could. We invite you to donate, and thereby give patients hope for cures!