Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Illinois. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Illinois are escalating.
The most recent data show:

  • 220,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Illinois.
  • 9.6 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 590,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Illinois.
  • 672 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $8.5 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $1.6 billion is the cost of Alzheimer’s to the state Medicaid program.

These numbers show that a public health approach is necessary to lessen the burden and enhance the quality of life for those living with cognitive impairment and their families.

Learn more about Illinois: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Illinois, the Department of Public Health is working to incorporate messages about the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia into existing public health campaigns.

Explore core areas

Find public health resources and examples that drive action across Alzheimer's-specific core areas.

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State plan overview

Illinois publishes an updated Alzheimer’s state plan every three years pursuant to the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Act (410 ILCS 405). The Act charged the Illinois Department of Public Health to create an Advisory Committee comprised of persons experienced in Alzheimer’s disease research, professional caregivers, members of advocacy organizations, persons living with Alzheimer’s, and family members of those living with the disease. In 2012, the Act was amended to drive the next iteration of the state plan toward dementia-capability. The latest update, the Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois State Plan: 2017-2020 Report and Recommendations, was released December 2016.

Resources for action

State and local public health agencies around the country are taking action against Alzheimer’s by implementing the Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map. Public health practitioners can learn by example and find resources to help guide their response below.  
 

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Implementation

Department of Public Health Illinois Department of Public Health analyzed existing data sources on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving
Department of Public Health The Illinois Department of Public Health partnered with the Illinois Public Health Association to conduct a webinar with continuing education units to educate public health professionals about the role of local public health agencies in promoting early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

 
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Resources

Caregivers + BRFSS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Illinois

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Illinois (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Illinois (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Illinois (2013)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Illinois (2011)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Illinois (2015)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Illinois (2015)