Professor Dr Dirk Dressler is a new member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Deutsche Seniorenliga e.V., Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Seniorenliga is since 1993 a registered non-for-profit organisation supporting the fastest growing population group in Germany: the elderly and their relatives. ‘Most of our patients in neurology are elderly. For their immediate medical needs we have developed the concept of gerontoneurology. This patient group, however, requires special support beyond medicine to facilitate their social, economic, cultural and political participation. This is what we pursue with Deutsche Seniorenliga’, said Dressler.
The numerical proportion between older and younger citizens in Germany is rapidly changing. In 2050 half oft the German population will be older than 48 years and one third older than 60 years. The population younger than 20 years will then only represent 15% oft the population. Today, almost 30 million Germans are older than 50 years.
According to their statutes, Deutsche Seniorenliga supports nationally and internationally the ‘development and realisation of projects improving the individual needs and the individual quality of life of the elderly as well as their role in society as respected, equal and self determined citizens.’