Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, 6.6% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline. For these individuals, their families and those living with Alzheimer’s, 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 Puerto Rico: Cognitive Decline, Cognitive Decline (Spanish), Dementia Caregiving 

Public health spotlight

In Puerto Rico, the Department of Health organized a set of Un Café por el Alzheimer, a combination of in-person and social media engagement that facilitated conversations among experts and community members about cognitive health and Alzheimer’s disease.

Explore public health action against Alzheimer’s

Learn more about areas essential to addressing Alzheimer's from a public health perspective.

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Puerto Rico plan overview

The Puerto Rico Secretary of Health appointed an Alzheimer’s Advisory Council to develop a plan addressing Alzheimer’s in Puerto Rico. The Council published their Alzheimer’s Disease Action Plan for PR 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 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.
 
Puerto Rico Implementation
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Departamento de Salud Created and promoted a 6-CME/CEU educational module, Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Detection and Diagnosis, for physicians, nurses, psychologists, health educators and social workers.

 
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BRFSS + Cognitive Decline

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Subjective Cognitive Decline in Puerto Rico (2017) (2017)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Puerto Rico (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Puerto Rico-Spanish (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Infographic: Cognitive Decline in Puerto Rico (2015)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Puerto Rico (2013)
Alzheimer's Association Fact Sheet: Cognitive Decline in Puerto Rico-Spanish (2013)

BRFSS + Caregivers

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

Care and Advance Planning

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Infographic: Subjective Cognitive Decline in Puerto Rico (2017)