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

  • 67,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in Oklahoma.
  • 13.6% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
  • 129,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in Oklahoma.
  • 244 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • $3.8 billion is the value of the unpaid care.
  • $516 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 Oklahoma: Alzheimer’s Statistics, Cognitive Decline, Dementia Caregiving

Public health spotlight

In Oklahoma, the Department of Health will include brain awareness public service announcements (PSAs) in their statewide media outreach to increase healthy behaviors and enhance health education.

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Find public health resources and examples that drive action across Alzheimer's-specific core areas.

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State plan overview

In May 2008, the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease was established pursuant to Senate Bill 2186. Tasked with examining the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and mapping a plan of action within the state, the Task Force included representatives from the private sector, community organizations and state agencies as well as caregivers, state legislators and individuals living with Alzheimer’s. In September 2009, The Final Report of the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Oklahoma was published. In 2015, Governor Mary Fallin issued Executive Order 2015-32 to authorize an update to the state plan. The Oklahoma Alzheimer’s State Plan 2016 was published in February 2016.

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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Oklahoma County Health Department Included Alzheimer's in analysis of all-cause mortality and published the results in the Oklahoma City-County Wellness Score 2017 report.
State Department of Health Oklahoma State Department of Health included Alzheimer’s prevalence in its July 2015 Population Health Needs Assessment
City of Oklahoma City Oklahoma City documented dementia prevalence among county Medicare beneficiaries

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BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Oklahoma (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Oklahoma (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Oklahoma (2011)

BRFSS + Caregivers

Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Dementia Caregiving in Oklahoma (2017)