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:
- Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's
- The number of Americans with Alzheimer's is projected to reach 16 million in 2050
- The cost of caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias is an estimated $259 billion in 2017
- Family and friend caregivers provide $230.1 billion in additional unpaid care
- The direct costs of care are projected to over $1 trillion (in 2017 dollars) 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
The Alzheimer's Association has published Combating Alzheimer's Disease: A Public Health Agenda, which identifies three key elements that need to be undertaken by policy makers and public health officials:
1. Data collection on both cognitive impairment and caregiving
2. Expanded efforts at early detection of Alzheimer's disease
3. Promotion of brain health and increased funding for risk reduction research
- Download our Public Health Agenda to learn more about these 3 key actions.
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.