Frequently asked questions
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What are age related diseases? What age related diseases are there?
Age-related diseases are diseases which occur more and more frequently with a higher age. They result from cumulative molecular and cellular damage that occurs in the course of life for everyone. In the case of cancer, the risk increases even exponentially.
Among the most common age-related diseases are:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cancer (the vast majority)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease
- Vascular Dementia
- Macular Degeneration
Frailty is classified as a syndrome rather than a disease.
Is one single issue enough for a party?
Normally no – the topic of health research is an exception. Most people suffer from aging. Today’s advances in biotechnology for the first time offer realistic opportunities for development of effective drugs and causative therapies against a range of age-related diseases. We want to accelerate the development of these medicines. Although each individual at some point in their life is affected by age-related disease, this health topic is to a large extent ignored by the major political parties. Therefore, this one issue justifies the existence of a one-issue party.
Why is a party the right way to deal with this issue?
A political party offers people a direct and easy way to support research against age-related diseases – by giving their vote, or by becoming a member of the party (which is free).
Other ways of supporting research should also be undertaken, for example through foundations or associations. However, the development of effective treatments against age-related diseases will also be costly. For example, if we invest an additional 1% of the federal budget for the development of these therapies, this would amount to about 3 billion Euro per year. Such large funds would be difficult to obtain by other means such as donations. However, we must invest such amounts if we want to develop effective treatments in the foreseeable future.
The party offers everybody a free and easy way to support this kind of research by giving us their vote or by becoming a member.
Other ways to support this research should also be undertaken, like associations or charities. But the development of effective medicine against the diseases of old age will be very costly. If we would for example invest just an additional one percent of the federal government budget in the development of such medicine, that would be roughly an additional three billion Euro per year. Such an amount would be very hard to get through other ways like charities. But we have to invest such huge sums, if we want to develop this medicine in the near future.
Will only the wealthy be able to afford this future medicine?
Everyone will be able to afford these therapies. Today’s treatments are usually expensive, but help very little, and therefore represent a huge financial burden to the health economy. Future medicine, which is aimed at eliminating causes, and is used in a preventive manner, will fundamentally change this situation because it will be much more effective, which will greatly reduce expensive elderly care and long-term symptomatic treatments. Thus, a country that does not make this medicine accessible to all its citizens would have great economic disadvantages compared to the countries that do – these disadvantages will not voluntarily be accepted by any state.
What about the costs of developing these therapies?
These will likely be significantly lower than the immense and still rising costs that age-related diseases cause today. Therefore, the development of these therapies would not only be a humanitarian act, but also economically very beneficial to our country.
Is there not enough research being performed right now on the subject?
With today’s research efforts it will probably still be very long before we have developed effective medicine against age-related diseases. Our goal is to accelerate the development of these therapies through more investments, so the elderly can already benefit from them.
Why is it that the public is not calling for more rapid development of effective medicine against age-related diseases?
Until a few years ago, there were no realistic chances to tackle age-related diseases extensively. It was therefore understandable that so few people thought about the subject at all. However, the current rapid advances in biotechnology and, above all, regenerative medicine have now enabled humanity to explore new approaches to solutions and to implement them into the health care system. Unfortunately, most people do not know about this opportunity yet, or are not aware that we need to invest more. It is a question of prioritization.
The Party for Health Research tries to draw attention to our current opportunity to develop effective medicine, and gives everyone a simple way to accelerate this development through a free membership or a vote in the elections.
How can I help speed up the development of effective medicine against age-related diseases?
By giving us your vote.
You can also become a member of the Party for Health Research- the membership is free.
The most important thing is to bring the topic to the public. Tell your acquaintances, friends and relatives about the fact that we now have the chance to develop effective medicine against old-age diseases if the country invests more money into this research. If, however, the people do not demand this, the government will not increase its investment and we will continue to suffer from old-age diseases. It is important to be act now.
Which parties would the Party for Health Research form a coalition with?
With all the major parties except the AfD: with the CDU, the SPD, the Green party, the FDP, the Left Party and the Pirates.
Why do you not just get involved with another party and bring your topic into their agenda?
The big parties want to be re-elected, so they will only take up the topic when there are enough people interested in it. So if the interest in more research for effective medicine increases, which may be demonstrated, for example, in the election of the Party for Health Research, then the big parties will by themselves take up this topic.
How is the additional research funded?
The Party for Health Research would like to invest one percent of the government’s budget in the development of effective medicine against age-related diseases. Since all people are affected directly or indirectly by age related diseases, all would benefit. From all other budgets one percent should be deducted for funding.
Would it not be unfair to the younger fellow citizens to invest so much money in the research on age-related diseases?
No. Young people will benefit in various ways from our project: in addition to financial relief from falling sickness costs, they for example will no longer have to watch their parents suffer from Alzheimer’s. More young people will get the opportunity to have an interesting and valuable scientific education. And the young generation will at some point be old too and dependent on medicine.
How is the additional money to be invested in research?
Half of these additional investments are expected to flow into the construction and operation of new research facilities. The other half is designed to train more scientists in the relevant fields such as biochemistry and molecular biology. For this purpose, the corresponding departments at universities are to be expanded.
Can we not avoid old-age diseases through a healthy lifestyle?
By living a healthy lifestyle we can postpone the incidence of age-related diseases and we should. We then will get them later in life, which is why prevention is also very important. The Party for Health Research is not only concerned with the fact that as many people as possible benefit from effective medicine against age-related diseases, but also advocates that as many people as possible be educated about a healthy lifestyle (sufficient exercise, healthy eating, reduction of stress, etc.).
What is the position of the Party for Health Research regarding other political issues?
The party wants to form a government coalition with one or more other parties, and will only deal with the issue of health research. The party does not want to interfere in other political issues – these can be dealt with by the coalition partners.