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

  • 87,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Louisiana.
  • 14.6 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 232,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Louisiana.
  • 265 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $3.3 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $712 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 Louisiana: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Louisiana, the Office of Public Health within the Department of Health conducted training with all department supervisors to recognize and appropriately respond to the needs of their staff who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Participants were offered continuing education units (CEU) upon successful completion.

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State plan overview

In 2008, the Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force through the enactment of of Senate Concurrent Resolution 80 to study the impact of Alzheimer’s within the state and make recommendations to meet the growing issues presented by the disease. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, care associations, long-term care providers and community organizations as well as caregivers, state legislators, and individuals directly impacted by the disease. The Task Force presented their final report, The Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease in Louisiana: A Report by the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, to the Louisiana Legislature and Governor’s Office in October 2009.

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

Louisiana Department of Health Assessed the awareness, experiences and training needs of Baton Rouge Police Department staff with respect to Alzheimer’s and other dementias, especially in regards to wandering behaviors; the assessment also included an educational component.
Louisiana Department of Health Educated LDH supervisors about workplace support for caregivers (especially employees caring for people living with dementia); the online training module is available to supervisors in all state agencies, and Louisiana social workers can receive continuing education for successful completion of the module.
Department of Health Louisiana Department of Health conducted a workshop for its employees on advance care and advance financial planning.
Department of Health Louisiana Department of Health distributed materials about brain health, advance financial planning, and advanced care planning (including brochures from the Alzheimer’s Association Louisiana Chapter) at various community events.
East New Orleans Health District East New Orleans Health District--—with the regional chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and potentially other organizations—held a community educational event that raised African Americans’ awareness of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive health issues.

 
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Resources

Caregivers + BRFSS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Louisiana

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Louisiana (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Louisiana (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Louisiana (2012)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Louisiana (2011)
Alzheimer's Association Cognitive Impairment: Impact on Health in Louisiana (2009)

BRFSS + Caregivers

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