NEW! CDC Releases Data on Cognitive Decline
One in eight Americans aged 60 and over are experiencing cognitive decline, and over 80 percent of them have not talked to a health care provider about it, according to data released by the CDC. Learn more about the data, including state-specific data for 22 states, here.
Surveillance is an essential function of public health. It involves collecting data to better understand the extent of a problem and its impact, and to motivate policy makers to address the problem. Each year, every state conducts a public health survey through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Recent work by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now enables states to collect data through the BRFSS on the impact of Alzheimer's disease using:
The BRFSS Cognitive Impairment Module provides demographic, geographic and socioeconomic data regarding cognitive impairment. The module asks about memory and cognitive abilities as well as the impact of any memory loss on daily living. Five states served as pilots for the module in 2009, and 22 states asked the questions in 2011. Another 23 states and the District of Columbia asked the questions in 2012, and 19 states and Puerto Rico are asking the questions in 2013. Over the three-year period, 45 states and two territories will have used the module.
NEW! Data from the 2011 BRFSS Cognitive Module
CDC Reports on 2009 BRFSS Cognitive Impairment Pilot States Data:
"In public health, we can’t do anything without surveillance. That’s where public health begins."
– David Satcher,
former U.S. Surgeon General
- Report for Policy Makers
- Report for General Audiences
- California Report
- Florida Report
- Iowa Report
- Louisiana Report
The Caregiver Module provides data about caregivers and the challenges they face. This module asks about a care recipient's health problems and greatest care needs. It enables us to compare the experiences of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers with caregivers of people with other conditions.
- BRFSS Caregiver Module Status Map
- Report on Combined 2009 and 2010 Caregiving Data
- Report on 2010 BRFSS Caregiving Data
- BRFSS 2010 Caregiving Data Fact Sheet
- Connecticut 2010 Fact Sheet
- New Jersey 2010 Fact Sheet
- New Hampshire 2010 Fact Sheet
- Report on 2009 BRFSS Caregiving Data
Download the Surveillance Fact Sheet
Learn more about surveillance and how data from using these two BRFSS modules helps us better understand the impact of Alzheimer's.
For more information on Alzheimer's disease and public health, contact Catherine Morrison.