Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Missouri. The impact of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:

  • 120,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in Missouri.
  • 11.2% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 194,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Missouri.
  • 292 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $4.9 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $973 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 Missouri: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

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In Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services conducted a multi-faceted social marketing campaign to provide culturally appropriate messaging and information on risks, early diagnosis, treatment and community resources among African Americans.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reassessed the level care assessment mechanism of the state Medicaid program. As a result, more people living with dementia are able to access support to help them remain at home.

State plan overview

In 2009, the Missouri General Assembly established the Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force through passage of HB 272. Tasked with assessing the challenges posed by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias within the state, the Task Force included representatives from state agencies, health care providers and community organizations as well as caregivers, state legislators, and individuals living with Alzheimer’s and the Lieutenant Governor. After collecting public input regarding community frustrations, concerns, and advice on dealing with this disease, the Task Force presented the Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan, published in November 2010.

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.  

Missouri Implementation
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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services adjusted level of care assessment for Medicaid in-home services to better meet the needs of people living with dementia
Missouri Department of Health and Social Services Added "Honor a Caregiver during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month" to the MO DHSS homepage banner during November 2018 — clicking on the photo would take visitors to alz.org
Missouri Department of Health and Social Services Enhanced public awareness of cognitive health and dementia among African Americans in the southeast region of Missouri by conducting a multi-faceted social marketing campaign that provides culturally appropriate messaging and information on risks, early diagnosis, treatment, and community resources.
Missouri Department of Health and Social Services Promoted cognitive assessments and early diagnosis in partnership with Washington University and the existing Community Health Worker Advisory Body through incorporation of these topics into existing community health worker programs for diabetes, cardiovascular health, and women’s health.

 
Missouri Resources
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Public Education/Awareness

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Alzheimer's Awareness — Social Media Graphics
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Alzheimer's Awareness — Social Media Posts
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Radio Spot 1 — MO DHSS
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Radio Spot 2 — MO DHSS

Risk Factors + Risk Reduction

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Subjective Cognitive Decline in Missouri

BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Subjective Cognitive Decline in Missouri (2019)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Subjective Cognitive Decline in Missouri (2019)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Missouri (2016)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Missouri (2016)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Missouri (2012)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Missouri (2016)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Caregiving in Missouri (2016)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Missouri (2012)

Care and Advance Planning

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Subjective Cognitive Decline in Missouri