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NEW! 2012 BRFSS Cognitive Data Released

One in eight Americans aged 45 and over are experiencing cognitive decline, and 77 percent of them have not talked to a health care provider about it, according to data from the 2012 BRFSS survey in 21 states. Learn more about the data, including state-specific data here.


Surveillance is an essential function of public health. It involves collecting data to better understand the extent of a problem and its impact, and to motivate policy makers to address the problem. Each year, every state conducts a public health survey through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Recent work by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now enables states to collect data through the BRFSS on the impact of Alzheimer's disease using:

The Cognitive Module

The BRFSS Cognitive Impairment Module provides demographic, geographic and socioeconomic data regarding cognitive impairment. The module asks about memory and cognitive abilities as well as the impact of any memory loss on daily living. Five states served as pilots for the module in 2009, and 22 states asked the questions in 2011. Another 23 states and the District of Columbia asked the questions in 2012, and 19 states and Puerto Rico asked the questions in 2013. Over the three-year period, 45 states and two territories used the module.

NEW! Data from the 2012 BRFSS Cognitive Module

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 

Data from the 2011 BRFSS Cognitive Module

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       

 

CDC Reports on 2009 BRFSS Cognitive Impairment Pilot States Data:

"In public health, we can’t do anything without surveillance. That’s where public health begins."

– David Satcher,
former U.S. Surgeon General

The Caregiver Module

The Caregiver Module provides data about caregivers and the challenges they face. This module asks about a care recipient's health problems and greatest care needs. It enables us to compare the experiences of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers with caregivers of people with other conditions.

Download the Surveillance Fact Sheet

Learn more about surveillance and how data from using these two BRFSS modules helps us better understand the impact of Alzheimer's.


Contact us

For more information on Alzheimer's disease and public health, contact Catherine Morrison.



 

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