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

  • 140,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Arizona.
  • 13.4 percent of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 330,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Arizona.
  • 376 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $4.7 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $364 million 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 Arizona: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving


Public health spotlight  

The Arizona Department of Health conducted a community needs assessment for caregivers, calling attention to the unique challenges caregiving imposes on friends and family members.

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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

The Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force was established in 2011 as a collaboration of the Governor’s Office on Aging, the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services, the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, and the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter. The goal was to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, both public and private, to develop a plan to address the growing number of Arizonans with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2016, the Task Force published the Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan: A Framework for Action, which was developed through the cooperation of more than 100 community members.

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

Banner Alzheimer's Institute The Banner Native American Outreach program increases awareness of Alzheimer's and other dementias among Arizona's American Indian communities, and works to establish better connections among tribal health organizations and urban Indian communities.
Department of Health Arizona Department of Health conducted a community needs assessments for caregivers.
Department of Health Services Arizona Department of Health Services and partners developed educational fact sheets about dementia, tailored to racially and ethnically diverse populations (via NACDD grant). The department also added information about Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving to its website
Maricopa County Public Health Department Maricopa County Public Health Dept.—with the regional chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, Banner Health Institute, and potentially other organizations—held a community educational event that raised African Americans’ awareness of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive health issues.

 
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Resources

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Arizona (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Arizona (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Arizona (2013)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Arizona (2012)

BRFSS + Caregivers

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