In 2012, the World Health Organization declared dementia a public health priority, and announced that more than 47,500 million people in the world live with dementia. It is estimated that there are around 86,000 people with dementia in Croatia (Croatian National Institute for Public Health, 2017), and among them as many as 70 percent have Alzheimer's disease. It is the most common cause of dementia in the world and has a great impact on the daily lifestyle of the patient, as well as on his family members.
Diagnostics of dementia
The diagnosis of dementia is based on the clinical picture, different brain imaging, neuropsychological testing and laboratory tests.
It can appear at any age, but it usually occurs in late middle age or in the elderly population. It cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Therefore, the most important thing is the timely recognition of the disease for well-timed application of the therapy, which is especially important in the early stages of the disease. Considering the ever-increasing share of the elderly population in society, we can expect an increase in the number of patients suffering from dementia in the future.