What You Need to Know about Alzheimer's
To achieve meaningful progress against Alzheimer's disease, it must be considered and addressed as a public health crisis. The tools of public health give us the ability to intervene and improve the quality of life for those with the disease and their caregivers. To learn more about Alzheimer’s as a public health issue, watch this short video.
- Alzheimer's disease basics
- Alzheimer's facts
- Alzheimer’s and Public Health Spotlights
- What you can do
- About the Alzheimer's Association
- Contact us
While the number of deaths from heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, HIV and stroke are declining, the number of Alzheimer's deaths is rising.
Alzheimer's disease basics
Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
- What is Alzheimer's?
- Brain Tour
- The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
- Can Alzheimer's be prevented?
- Risk factors for Alzheimer's
- Alzheimer's Facts and Figures
- Public Health and the National Alzheimer’s Plan video
(School of Public Health, University at Albany)
The facts about Alzheimer's disease are startling:
- Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's
- The number of Americans with Alzheimer's is projected to reach 16 million in 2050
- The costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias is an estimated $203 billion in 2013
- Family and friend caregivers provide an additional $216 billion in unpaid care
- The direct costs of care are projected to reach $1.2 trillion (in today's dollars) in 2050
For more facts and figures on Alzheimer’s disease, including individual state data, visit alz.org/facts.
The Public Health Spotlights are short summaries of Alzheimer’s issues important to public health officials.
- Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart health and brain health
- Race, ethnicity & Alzheimer’s disease
- Safety Issues For Those With Dementia
The Alzheimer's Association has published Combating Alzheimer's Disease: A Public Health Agenda, which identifies three key elements that need to be undertaken by policy makers and public health officials:
1. Data collection on both cognitive impairment and caregiving
2. Expanded efforts at early detection of Alzheimer's disease
3. Promotion of brain health and increased funding for risk reduction research
- Download our Public Health Agenda to learn more about these 3 key actions.
About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Learn more about us.
For more information on Alzheimer's disease and public health, contact Catherine Morrison.