Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Nevada. The impact of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:
- 49,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in Nevada.
- 10.4% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 84,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Nevada.
- 141 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $2.6 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $203 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 Nevada: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving
Public health spotlight
In Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District— with the regional chapter of the National Black Nurses Association — educated African Americans about Alzheimer’s, dementia and cognitive health issues.
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In September 2020, the Nevada 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
The Nevada state legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 10 in 2011, creating the Legislative Committee on Health Care’s Task Force to Develop a State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The Committee included a state Senator as chair and medical experts, advocates and other key stakeholders. After soliciting public feedback, the State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease was published in January 2013. The Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease (TFAD) was created within the Department of Health and Human Services with the passage of Assembly Bill 80 in the 2013 Legislative Session. The Task Force is responsible for implementing the State Plan.
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.
No known public health action at this time.