Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Ohio. The impact of Alzheimer's is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:
- 220,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's in Ohio.
- 9.1% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 493,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Ohio.
- 736 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer's caregivers.
- $13.4 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.
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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
In Ohio, the Alzheimer's and Dementia State Task Force is working to help families and those living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. The goal of the Task Force is to focus on key areas that impact both public and private change for people living with Alzheimer's and other dementia and their families. In 2022, the Task Force plans to publish the final report and roadmap to improve outcomes for those living with the disease and the people that take care of them.
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.