What You Need to Know about Alzheimer's
To achieve meaningful progress against Alzheimer's disease, it must be considered and addressed as a public health crisis. The tools of public health give us the ability to intervene and improve the quality of life for those with the disease and their caregivers. To learn more about Alzheimer’s as a public health issue, watch this short video.
- Alzheimer's disease basics
- Alzheimer's facts
- Resources for Action
- What you can do
- Communicating with People with Dementia
- About the Alzheimer's Association
- Contact us
While the number of deaths from heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, HIV and stroke are declining, the number of Alzheimer's deaths is rising.
Alzheimer's disease basics
Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
- What is Alzheimer's?
- Brain Tour
- The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
- Can Alzheimer's be prevented?
- Risk factors for Alzheimer's
- Alzheimer's Facts and Figures
- Public Health and the National Alzheimer’s Plan video
(School of Public Health, University at Albany)
The facts about Alzheimer's disease are startling:
- By 2050, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease may grow to nearly 14 million.
- The cost of caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias is an estimated $277 billion in 2018
- Family and friend caregivers provide $230 billion in additional unpaid care
- The direct costs of care are projected to be more than $1 trillion in 2050.
For more facts and figures on Alzheimer’s disease, including individual state data, visit alz.org/facts.
The Alzheimer's Association has created resources for public health practitioners to mobilize their communities and help them take action. These include an action guide with resources for and examples of implementation of Road Map actions and a toolkit for conducting needs assessments for populations affected by dementia. Public Health Spotlights are short summaries of important Alzheimer's issues and bibliographies are expansive collections of key resources to aid and educate public health officials.
- Asian American/Pacific Islanders and Dementia: Guide for Policymakers
- Asian American/Pacific Islanders and Dementia: Guide for Service Providers
- Case Study: Colorado EMS Training
- Case Study: South Carolina Brain Health Awareness Campaign
- Case Study: Utah Workforce Training
- Dementia-Friendly Communities
- Dementia, Mobility, and Transportation Bibliography
- Disaster Preparedness and Planning for Populations with Dementia Bibliography
- Early Detection and Diagnosis of Alzheimer's
- Early Detection and Diagnosis of Alzheimer's - Healthy People 2020 Issue Brief
- Evaluation - NYS Caregiver Support Initiative
- Evaluation Executive Summary - NYS Caregiver Support Initiative
- Heart Health and Brain Health
- Mobility for People with Alzheimer's
- Needs Assessment Toolkit: Guidance and Resources for State Public Health Agencies on Comprehensive Needs Assessments Related to Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
- Need Assessment Toolkit: Overview of Data Sources
- Needs Assessment Toolkit: Tools only
- Needs Assessment Report - South Dakota
- Preventable Hospitalizations - Healthy People 2020 Issue Brief
- Race, Ethnicity & Alzheimer's
- Road Map Action Items: Resources and Examples for Public Health Officials
- Safety Issues for People with Dementia
- What Is Public Health? Infographic
The Alzheimer's Association has outlined three priority areas of action for the public health community:
- Implement the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map.
- Increase early detection of Alzheimer's.
- Promote brain health – risk reduction is the ultimate public health imperative.
- Learn more about our 2017 public health priorities.
In this set of three videos, Dr. Steven Sabat of Georgetown University speaks about the importance of the language used to communicate with persons who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He describes how the words we use can lessen the social stigmas associated with dementia. Stories illustrate different communications choices with regards to the selfhood of people with dementia.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Learn more about us.
For more information on Alzheimer's disease and public health, contact Molly French.