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

  • 54,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Mississippi.
  • 12.9 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 206,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Mississippi.
  • 235 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $3.0 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $564 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 Mississippi: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Mississippi, the State Department of Health (MSDH) incorporated cognitive health into the MSDH Coordinated Chronic Disease Plan and the Health Promotion State Plan.

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

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State plan overview

Mississippi’s Strategic Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias is a project led by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, in collaboration with other stakeholders, public and private. The Strategic Plan was published in 2015 as an update to the original plan published in 2010.

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 Mental Health Mississippi Department of Mental Health included dementia-specific considerations for improving access to care for those with Alzheimer’s.
State Department of Health Completed assessment of barriers, which if altered, would facilitate the integration of brain health into chronic disease programs. Results will help guide the development of introductory materials for public health professionals and future work.
State Department of Health Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) incorporated cognitive health into the MSDH Coordinated Chronic Disease Plan and the Health Promotion State Plan

 
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Resources

Caregivers + BRFSS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Mississippi

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Mississippi (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Mississippi (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Mississippi (2012)

BRFSS + Caregivers

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