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About the project

Dementia is also becoming an increasingly relevant issue for older people from migrant backgrounds and their families. As the condition progresses, dementia patients tend to lose their ability to speak a foreign language, in this case the language of their host country Germany that they have acquired over time. This often results in problems communicating with doctors and care staff. Furthermore, potential taboos around the disorder within the families may lead to patients not taking advantage of support services. This, in turn, can lead to social withdrawal and isolation. The German social and healthcare system as well as the affected families are ill equipped to face this challenge. We want to help provide patients in Germany and their families with better information about dementia and to support them in finding and using support services.

Who runs the project?

Demenz Support Stuttgart is the project sponsor and accompanies and moderates the work processes.

DeMigranz is supported in terms of content and expertise by:


  • Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Immigrantenverbände in Deutschland e.V.
  • Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Senioren-Organisationen e.V.
  • Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
  • Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft e.V. Selbsthilfe Demenz
  • Professor Dr. Hürrem Tezcan-Güntekin, Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
  • Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe Wilhelmine-Lübke-Stiftung e.V.

Contact person

Kerstin Schmenger
Project Manager
Bosch Health Campus
Phone+49 711 8101-2679
e-mail to Kerstin Schmenger

Contact at Demenz Support Stuttgart

Demenz Support Stuttgart
e-mail to Demenz Support Stuttgart