Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Puerto Rico are escalating. In Puerto Rico, 6.6 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline. For these individuals, their families and those living with Alzheimer’s, 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 Puerto Rico: Cognitive Decline, Cognitive Decline (Spanish), Dementia Caregiving 

Public health spotlight

In Puerto Rico, the Department of Health organized a set of Un Café por el Alzheimer, a combination of in-person and social media engagement that facilitated conversations among experts and community members about cognitive health and Alzheimer’s disease.

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

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Puerto Rico plan overview

The Puerto Rico Secretary of Health appointed an Alzheimer’s Advisory Council to develop a plan addressing Alzheimer’s in Puerto Rico. The Council published their Alzheimer’s Disease Action Plan for PR 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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Implementation

Departamento de Salud Created and promoted a 6-CME/CEU educational module, Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection and Diagnosis, for physicians, nurses, psychologists, health educators and social workers.
Department of Health Puerto Rico Department of Health leads a partnership to implement the Commonwealth’s state Alzheimer’s plan by organizing Un Café por el Alzheimer. Through in-person and social media platforms, the initiative facilitates conversations among experts and community members about cognitive health and Alzheimer’s disease (via an NACDD grant).

 
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