Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health crisis in South Dakota. The impact of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise, and the most recent data show:
- 18,000 people aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in South Dakota.
- 6.0% of people aged 45 and older have subjective cognitive decline.
- 26,000 family caregivers bear the burden of the disease in South Dakota.
- 34 million hours of unpaid care provided by Alzheimer’s caregivers.
- $709 million is the value of the unpaid care.
- $182 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 South Dakota: Alzheimer’s Statistics (PDF), Cognitive Decline (PDF), Dementia Caregiving (PDF), Risk Factors (PDF), County-Level Alzheimer's Prevalence (PDF)
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Use the HBI Road Map for Indian Country to start conversations with tribal leaders on public health actions that can be taken to support brain health and caregivers. Find tribal leaders and federally recognized tribes in your state: Tribal Leaders Directory.
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The South Dakota Department of Health served on the working group to develop the state's first Alzheimer's and other dementias plan.
The South Dakota Department of Health partnered with the Department of Human Services to launch a social media public awareness campaign about care planning tools for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
State plan overview
The South Dakota Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan Work Group was established in 2015 and expanded in April 2017 to a larger group of stakeholders, charged with creating the state’s response to Alzheimer’s. The Work Group conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and hosted town halls across the state, paid in part by a South Dakota Community Foundation Community Innovation Grant. In June 2018, the South Dakota State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias was published.
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.
South Dakota Implementation
No known public health action at this time.
South Dakota Resources