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

  • 110,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Indiana.
  • 10.5 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 338,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Indiana.
  • 385 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $4.9 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $981 million 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 Indiana: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Explore core areas

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

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Public health spotlight

In Indiana, the State Department of Health analyzed caregiver data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and published a policy brief, Care Giving: Results from the 2012 Indiana BRFSS.

State plan overview

In July 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, tasked with developing Indiana’s plan to address Alzheimer’s disease. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, non-profit organizations, care provider agencies as well as state legislators, researchers, issue experts, caregivers and health care providers. After reviewing the concerns and suggestions expressed during public input sessions, the Task Force published the Indiana Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias 2013-2017 in 2013.

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

Boone County Boone County integrates provisions to reduce Alzheimer’s and dementia-related mortality in community health improvement plan

 
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Resources

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Indiana (2016)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Indiana (2016)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Indiana (2013)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Indiana (2012)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Indiana (2015)