Several Slovenian and Croatian health organisations in cooperation with retirement homes in Izola and Koper in Slovenia and Umag in Croatia will work on improving the quality of life of people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's Disease as part of a cross-border cooperation programme with about 400,000 euro secured through European Union funds.
The programme, which has already been launched, is being implemented by the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health, aged people's homes in Izola, Koper and Umag as well as the Croatian Association for Alzheimer's Disease.
The funds will be earmarked for education and for the improvement of conditions and quality of life for the growing number of people diagnosed with this disease while the experience gained from the project will then be able to be implemented to other aged people's homes and the general public in risk of this disease.
The project valued at more than 400,000 euro will involve more than 300 people as associates and experts working on improving the existing situation.
An estimated 32,000 people have symptoms of dementia in Slovenia alone, which has a population of two million, and assistants and families of those affected by dementia need specific awareness and knowledge to help them.
According to the opinion of medical experts, a significant jump of 30% in the number of people diagnosed with this disease is expected by 2030.
Some 86,000 people in Croatia suffer from dementia, and 90% of them live with their families who care for them, however appropriate social support is lacking. Every year some new 3,000 patients are diagnosed with dementia in Croatia, and Alzheimer's accounts for 70% of dementia cases.