Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Michigan. The impact of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:
- 190,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in Michigan.
- 9.5% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 380,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Michigan.
- 872 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $17 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $1.5 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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The Michigan Cancer Consortium — a public-private coalition designed to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality through a public health approach — published an article highlighting the connection between smoking and brain health.
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is developing an educational outreach and awareness program on dementia for people living with HIV. The campaign will communicate risks of cognitive impairment among those with HIV and educate health care professionals about the connection between dementia and HIV.
State plan overview
The Michigan Dementia Coalition — a collaborative group of community agencies, universities, dementia caregivers, and state government programs concerned about dementia and related conditions — helmed the development of the 2019-2022 Roadmap for Creating a Dementia Capable Michigan, published in April 2019. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services supports implementation of the plan in collaboration with the Michigan Dementia Coalition. Previously, the Michigan Dementia Plan Update: 2009-2011 was published in January 2009.
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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