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A woman sits with a stuffed bear. In 2007 there were over 8,400 nursing homes in Germany with 640,000 residents; a third of the elderly population of Germany. Their number is estimated to increase up to the year 2050, when it is predicted over 1.4 million elderly Germans will be in nursing homes. Other than the natural decline in health, the major problems faced by these residents is dementia and loneliness..