Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Idaho. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Idaho are escalating.
The most recent data show:
- 27,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Idaho.
- 10.8% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 87,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Idaho.
- 99 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $1.3 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $149 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 Idaho: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving
Public health spotlight
In Idaho, the Division of Public Health within the Department of Health conducted an analysis of dementia mortality, publishing a brief for health care providers with the results.
Learn more by reading the full brief.
Explore core areas
Find public health resources and examples that drive action across Alzheimer's-specific core areas.
State plan overview
In 2012, the Idaho Legislature established the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group through passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 112. Tasked with determining how the state could best assist individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, the Planning Group included representatives from state agencies, advocacy agencies, academia and community organizations as well as researchers, caregivers, individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and the Governor. After conducting a year-long state assessment and soliciting input from community stakeholders and the public-at-large, the Planning Group released A State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Addressing the Needs of Idahoans with ADRD, Their Caregivers, and Family Members in March 2013. The Idaho legislature endorsed the statewide plan with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 34 in 2013.
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.