Alzheimer's disease is a growing public health crisis in New Hampshire. The impact of Alzheimer's is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:
- 26,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's in New Hampshire.
- 6.9% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 58,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in New Hampshire.
- 84 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer's caregivers.
- $1.6 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
- $256 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.
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State plan overview
In March 2014, New Hampshire's legislature established a Subcommittee on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia through passage of HB 1572-FN. The Subcommittee includes representatives from care provider organizations, state agency officials, law enforcement officials, state legislators, caregivers, and other individuals impacted by Alzheimer's. New Hampshire Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias Sub-Committee Recommendations was published in 2013 and updated in 2015.
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 Road Map for Public Health, 2023–2027
. Public health practitioners can learn by example and find resources to help guide their response below.
New Hampshire Implementation
No known public health action at this time.
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