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

  • 380,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Texas.
  • 13.1 pecent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 1,405,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Texas.
  • 1.6 billion hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $20.2 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $2.8 billion 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 Texas: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Texas, Harris County Public Health published and marketed a video public service announcement (PSA) on ways to protect brain health and distributed throughout the county. Other Texas county public health agencies are exploring use of this PSA. Read the case study for more information.

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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 2009, the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and the Texas Department of State Health Services Alzheimer’s Disease Program formed a steering committee charged with developing the state’s response to Alzheimer’s disease. Working with a statewide partnership, representatives from the health care sector, community organizations, academia, state agencies, and businesses as well as families impacted by Alzheimer’s drafted Putting the Pieces Together: A Comprehensive Plan for Addressing the Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease in Texas 2010-2015. The plan was originally published in September 2010. In September 2019, the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders and the Alzheimer's Disease Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services published the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease 2019-2023. View biennial reports on the progress and implementation of these plans.

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

Dallas County Public Health Department Adapted and promoted a public service announcement to educate the public about brain health and ways to protect cognition.
Harris County Public Health Department Adapted and promoted a public service announcement to educate the public about brain health and ways to protect cognition.
City of San Antonio Educated and trained all transit employees, senior center employees, and police department staff on Alzheimer’s basics, early warning signs of dementia, and dealing with people with dementia.
City of San Antonio Published a column on Alzheimer’s disease in the local Spanish-language paper, with an emphasis on increasing awareness and promoting early detection and diagnosis.

 
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Resources

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Texas (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Texas (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Texas (2013)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Texas (2011)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Texas (2016)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Texas (2016)