100,000 suffer from dementia in Croatia with most having Alzheimer’s

An estimated 100,000 people in Croatia suffer from dementia, and 70% of them have Alzheimer’s disease. [Shutterstock/Chinnapong]

An estimated 100,000 people in Croatia suffer from dementia, and 70% of them have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, doctor Ninoslav Mimica told national news agency Hina on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day on Tuesday. Dr Mimica emphasised that the lives of 250,000 people and their families are affected by the consequences of the disease and called for a national strategy against dementia to be adopted.

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Last year, Croatia’s parliamentary health committee proposed the establishment of a task force charged with drawing up a national strategy for coping with dementia, but the initiative never became a reality. An increasing number of patients can be expected to be diagnosed with this condition considering that life expectancy is getting higher and the share of the elderly population is increasing. On a global scale, 55 million people are suffering from dementia, and in 2012, the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided that this condition should be treated as a public health priority.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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