For the first time since its inception in 1979, the federal government's decennial Healthy People report, which sets out the nation's health promotion and prevention goals for the following decade, includes goals and objectives for Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Inclusion of Alzheimer's disease in Healthy People 2020 underscores the growing recognition of Alzheimer's as a public health crisis. It also reinforces the need for state and local public health officials to address this crisis now.

Healthy People 2020

Topic Area: Dementias, Including Alzheimer's Disease

Goal: Reduce the morbidity and costs associated with, and maintain or enhance the quality of life for, persons with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

Objective 1: Increase the proportion of persons with diagnosed Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, or their caregiver, who are aware of the diagnosis.

Objective 2: Reduce the proportion of preventable hospitalizations in persons with diagnosed Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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