Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Illinois. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Illinois are escalating.
The most recent data show:
- 230,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Illinois.
- 9.6% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 381,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Illinois.
- 480 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $8.5 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $1.8 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.
Learn more about Illinois: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving
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In Illinois, the Department of Public Health is working to incorporate messages about the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia into existing public health campaigns.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IL DPH) provides training opportunities on dementia for all residential and home- and community-based direct care workers. IL DPH actively surveys annual worker compliance.
State plan overview
Illinois publishes an updated Alzheimer’s state plan every three years pursuant to the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Act (410 ILCS 405). The Act charged the Illinois Department of Public Health to create an Advisory Committee comprised of persons experienced in Alzheimer’s disease research, professional caregivers, members of advocacy organizations, persons living with Alzheimer’s, and family members of those living with the disease. In 2012, the Act was amended to drive the next iteration of the state plan toward dementia-capability. In December 2016, the Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois State Plan: 2017-2020 Report and Recommendations, was released. The latest update was released in September 2020 — Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois State Plan: 2020-2023 Report and Recommendations.
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.
|Illinois Department of Public Health
||Developed and deployed dementia-specific training for all direct care workers in residential settings, and in home- and community-based settings. IL DPH hosts training and monitors compliance across the state.
|Department of Public Health
||Illinois Department of Public Health analyzed existing data sources on Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving
|Department of Public Health
||The Illinois Department of Public Health partnered with the Illinois Public Health Association to conduct a webinar with continuing education units to educate public health professionals about the role of local public health agencies in promoting early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.