Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Ohio. Without an effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise and the numbers in Ohio are escalating.
The most recent data show:

  • 220,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Ohio.
  • 10.7% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 442,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Ohio.
  • 590 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $9.6 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $2.5 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.

Learn more about Ohio: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

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In Ohio, the Summit County Public Health Department published a brief on Alzheimer’s and other dementias within the county including mortality data and risk profiles for the county’s population.

Read the full brief and case study for more information.

The Ohio Department of Health serves as Vice-Chair of the state plan task force designed to create a state-specific plan to address Alzheimer’s.

State plan overview

Planning is underway to enhance the Ohio State Alzheimer’s 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.  
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BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Ohio (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Ohio (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Ohio (2012)

BRFSS + Caregivers

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