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