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

  • 24,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in New Hampshire.
  • 8.9 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 67,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in New Hampshire.
  • 76 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $961 million is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $236 million is the cost of Alzheimer’s to the state Medicaid program.
  • 29.9 percent of people who identify as having a cognition issue live alone. 

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 New Hampshire: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline

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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

In March 2014, New Hampshire’s legislature established a Subcommittee on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia through passage of HB 1572-FN. The Subcommittee includes representatives from care provider organizations, state agency officials, law enforcement officials, state legislators, caregivers, and other individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s. New Hampshire Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias Sub-Committee Recommendations was published in 2013 and updated in 2015.

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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BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in New Hampshire (2016)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Cognitive Decline in New Hampshire (2016)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in New Hampshire (2011)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in New Hampshire (2013)