Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Connecticut. The impact of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:
- 80,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in Connecticut.
- 7.3% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 143,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Connecticut.
- 158 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $3 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $1 billion 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.
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Public health spotlight
In September 2021, the Connecticut Department of Public Health received a Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Program Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
State plan overview
In 2013, Connecticut’s legislature passed Special Act 13-11, creating the state’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The Task Force met six times between September and December of 2013 and published a list of recommendations in December 2013 in the Report of the Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The state plan focuses on short-term goals meant to be completed over the course of three to five years. In January 2020, the Task Force published an update to the state plan, focusing on progress made, updating recommendations, and expanding the role for the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
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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