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

  • 53,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Kansas.
  • 9.1 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 151,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Kansas.
  • 173 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $2.2 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $424 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 Kansas: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Kansas, the Department of Health and Environment trained extension office agents about brain health and how certain healthy behaviors may reduce the risk of future cognitive impairment.

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State plan overview

Kansas has not published an Alzheimer’s state plan, but planning is underway.

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

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Educated health care providers on the importance of early detection and diagnosis, with a focus on rural providers.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Increased public awareness of risk reduction messages to enhance early detection and reduce stigma via a partnership with the Kansas State Extension Office; trained almost 50 Extension Officers to educate Kansans about Alzheimer’s and brain health in counties across the state.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Informed decision-makers about Alzheimer’s and other dementias by incorporating data on cognitive health into public health burden reports, including chronic disease and injury prevention.

 
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Resources

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

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

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Kansas (2017)