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:

Surveillance Fact Sheet

How BRFSS modules data helps us better understand the impact of Alzheimer's.

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The Cognitive Module

The BRFSS Cognitive Module provides demographic, geographic and socioeconomic data regarding subjective cognitive decline. 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. Most recently, 21 states and territories used the Cognitive Module in 2016.

The BRFSS Cognitive Module was revised for use in the 2015 survey. Due to this, data may not be comparable across years.

BRFSS Cognitive Module Status Map: 2015-2016 (PDF)
BRFSS Cognitive Module Historical Status Map: 2011-2013 (PDF)

Data from the 2016 BRFSS Cognitive Module

Alaska (PDF)
Connecticut (PDF)
Delaware (PDF)
Idaho (PDF)
Indiana (PDF)
Kansas (PDF)
Kentucky (PDF)
Maine (PDF)
Massachusetts (PDF)
Missouri (PDF)
Montana (PDF)
New Hampshire (PDF)
New Jersey (PDF)
New Mexico (PDF)
New York (PDF)
North Carolina (PDF)
Oregon (PDF)
Tennessee (PDF)
Utah (PDF)
Vermont (PDF)
Washington (PDF)


Data from the 2015 BRFSS Cognitive Module

Fact Sheet on Cognitive Data from the 2015 BRFSS (PDF)

Alabama (PDF)
Arizona (PDF)
Arkansas (PDF)
California (PDF)
Colorado (PDF)
D.C. (PDF)
Florida (PDF)
Georgia (PDF)
Hawaii (PDF)
Illinois (PDF)
Iowa (PDF)
Louisiana (PDF)
Maryland (PDF)
Michigan (PDF)
Minnesota (PDF)
Mississippi (PDF)
Nebraska (PDF)
Nevada (PDF)
New Jersey (PDF)
New York (PDF)
North Dakota (PDF)
Ohio (PDF)
Oklahoma (PDF)
Oregon (PDF)


Infographic on Cognitive Data from the 2015 BRFSS (PDF)
Infographic on Cognitive Decline Among African Americans from the 2015 BRFSS (PDF)

Alabama (PDF)
Arizona (PDF)
Arkansas (PDF)
California (PDF)
Colorado (PDF)
D.C. (PDF)
Florida (PDF)
Georgia (PDF)
Hawaii (PDF)
Illinois (PDF)
Iowa (PDF)
Louisiana (PDF)
Maryland (PDF)
Michigan (PDF)
Minnesota (PDF)
Mississippi (PDF)
Nebraska (PDF)
Nevada (PDF)
New Jersey (PDF)
New York (PDF)
North Dakota (PDF)
Ohio (PDF)
Oklahoma (PDF)
Oregon (PDF)
Puerto Rico (PDF)
Rhode Island (PDF)
South Carolina (PDF)
South Dakota (PDF)
Tennessee (PDF)
Texas (PDF)
Utah (PDF)
Virginia (PDF)
West Virginia (PDF)
Wisconsin (PDF)
Wyoming (PDF)


Data from the 2013 BRFSS Cognitive Module

Fact Sheet on Cognitive Data from the 2013 BRFSS (PDF)

Alaska (PDF)
Arizona (PDF)
Arkansas (PDF)
Georgia (PDF)
Idaho (PDF)
Illinois (PDF)
Indiana (PDF)
Kansas (PDF)
Massachusetts (PDF)
Michigan (PDF)
Minnesota (PDF)
Nevada (PDF)
New Mexico (PDF)
New York (PDF)
Oregon (PDF)
Pennsylvania (2014) (PDF)
Puerto Rico (PDF)
Puerto Rico-Spanish (PDF)
South Dakota (PDF)
Texas (PDF)
Vermont (PDF)
Virginia (PDF)


Data from the 2012 BRFSS Cognitive Module

Fact Sheet on Cognitive Data from the 2012 BRFSS (PDF)

Alabama (PDF)
Arizona (PDF)
Arkansas (PDF)
Connecticut (PDF)
California (PDF)
D.C. (PDF)
Georgia (PDF)
Indiana (PDF)
Iowa (PDF)
Kentucky (PDF)
Louisiana (PDF)
Maine (PDF)
Mississippi (PDF)
Missouri (PDF)
Nevada (PDF)
New Jersey (PDF)
North Dakota (PDF)
Ohio (PDF)
Oregon (PDF)
Virginia (PDF)
West Virginia (PDF)
Wisconsin (PDF)
Wyoming (PDF)


Data from the 2011 BRFSS Cognitive Module

Fact Sheet on Cognitive Data from the 2011 BRFSS (PDF)

Arkansas (PDF)
California (PDF)
Florida (PDF)
Georgia (PDF)
Hawaii (PDF)
Illinois (PDF)
Iowa (PDF)
Louisiana (PDF)
Maryland (PDF)
Michigan (PDF)
Nebraska (PDF)
New Hampshire (PDF)
New York (PDF)
North Carolina (PDF)
Oklahoma (PDF)
South Carolina (PDF)
Tennessee (PDF)
Texas (PDF)
Utah (PDF)
Washington (PDF)
West Virginia (PDF)
Wisconsin (PDF)


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

David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General

CDC Reports on 2009 BRFSS Cognitive Impairment Pilot States Data:

Report for Policy Makers (PDF)
Report for General Audiences (PDF)
California Report (PDF)
Florida Report (PDF)
Iowa Report (PDF)
Louisiana Report (PDF)


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. In 2009, three states and the District of Columbia used the module while in 2010, five states asked the questions. Most recently, 24 states used the Caregiver Module in 2015.

The BRFSS Caregiver Module was revised for use in the 2015 survey. Due to this, data may not be comparable across years.

BRFSS Caregiver Module Status Map: 2015-2016-2017 (PDF)
BRFSS Caregiver Module Status Map: 2009-2013 (PDF)

Data from the 2016 BRFSS Caregiver Module

Fact Sheet on Caregiver Data from the 2016 BRFSS (PDF)

Arizona (PDF)
Arkansas (PDF)
Colorado (PDF)
Connecticut (PDF)
Georgia (PDF)
Minnesota (PDF)
Missouri (PDF)
 
Montana (PDF)
Nevada (PDF)
New Jersey (PDF)
New York (PDF)
North Dakota (PDF)
Ohio (PDF)
Oregon (PDF)
Puerto Rico (PDF)
South Dakota (PDF)
Tennessee (PDF)
Texas (PDF)
Utah (PDF)

 

Data from the 2015 BRFSS Caregiver Module

Fact Sheet on Caregiver Data from the 2015 BRFSS (PDF)

Alabama (PDF)
Florida (PDF)
Hawaii (PDF)
Idaho (PDF)
Illinois (PDF)
Indiana (PDF)
Iowa (PDF)
Kentucky (PDF)
Louisiana (PDF)
Maine (PDF)
Maryland (PDF)
Mississippi (PDF)
Nebraska (PDF)
New Jersey (PDF)
New York (PDF)
Oregon (PDF)
Pennsylvania (PDF)
South Carolina (PDF)
Tennessee (PDF)
Utah (PDF)
Virginia (PDF)
West Virginia (PDF)
Wisconsin (PDF)
Wyoming (PDF)

 

Data from the 2011-2013 BRFSS Caregiver Module

Report on Combined 2011-2013 Caregiving Data (PDF)
Arkansas (PDF)
California (PDF)
Georgia (PDF)
Missouri (PDF)
North Carolina (PDF)

Data from the 2009-2010 BRFSS Caregiver Module

Report on Combined 2009 and 2010 Caregiving Data (PDF)
Report on 2010 BRFSS Caregiving Data (PDF)
BRFSS 2010 Caregiving Data Fact Sheet (PDF)
Connecticut 2010 Fact Sheet (PDF)
New Jersey 2010 Fact Sheet (PDF)
New Hampshire 2010 Fact Sheet (PDF)

Report on 2009 BRFSS Caregiving Data (PDF)

For more information on Alzheimer's disease and public health, contact Molly French.