Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Maine. The impact of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:
- 29,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in Maine.
- 10.5% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 46,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Maine.
- 69 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $1.4 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $212 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 Maine: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving
Public health spotlight
In Maine, the Bangor Public Health & Community Services Department and partners educated its employees on how to prepare for the Alzheimer’s public health crisis emphasizing early detection and diagnosis and brain health.
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In September 2020, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services 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 June 2011, Maine’s legislature commissioned a state task force with the enactment of LD 859, calling for a study of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and the creation of a guide to help the state meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by this disease. The task force included representatives from elder law, community organizations, state agencies, academia and law enforcement as well as caregivers, individuals living with the disease, state legislators and health care providers. After soliciting public feedback, the task force published the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Maine in June 2012.
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.
|Maine Department of Health and Human Services
||Maine Department of Health and Human Services published county-specific health profiles including metrics on subjective cognitive decline.
|Department of Health and Human Services
||Distributed the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Maine – a special insert for health care providers on cognitive assessment tools, early detection, and the value of early diagnosis – to primary care professionals through hospital and health systems.