Social development, better living conditions and medical advances lead to the fact that
more people have the opportunity to live longer than in the past. The aging population is a characteristic
feature of demographic trends in developed countries. This trend is closely linked with the issue of
increasing number of diseases in old age and increasing government expenditure on health and social
care. The most frequently mentioned diseases in old age include dementia. The cause may lie in all
kinds of diseases, the most common are Alzheimer's disease and cerebrovascular disease. Now the
care of current 35 million patients with dementia costs over $ 600 billion per year, it is approximately one percent of
global Gross Domestic Product. This review discusses the recent issues and questions in the area of social and economic
aspects of Alzheimer's disease. It focuses in detail on the national strategies in the approach to Alzheimer's disease, the
anticipated problems concerning the insufficient number of social workers and necessary expenses of state budgets in the
future. The situation in the area of health insurance companies' expenditures is illustrated in the context of the analysis of
long-term care systems, in the chosen countries within the European Union.
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, costs, economic aspects, social aspects.
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