Join ASTHO, national partners, and state leaders by addressing brain health, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias. As of 2018, 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and by 2060 this number is expected to grow to 14 million. Dementias, including Alzheimer’s, affect people’s cognitive and physical abilities. Those declines require support from paid or unpaid caregivers as the disease progresses. These conditions can affect both older adults’ and caregivers’ cognitive health, independence, and quality of life.
The ASTHOConnects Series on Brain Health is designed to inform state and territorial health officials and their staff about the critical role of public health in supporting aging adults. The series will focus on the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018 -2023 Road Map and explore other supporting frameworks to for state and territorial public health. Each session will present unique perspectives, while building on information covered in previous sessions.
Learn from the CDC and featured states about current efforts to implement brain health and Alzheimer’s disease programs in your jurisdiction including using the HBI Road Map. The CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program will present data from the BRFSS Optional Modules on subjective cognitive decline and caregiving. The featured states will share their experience incorporating brain health messages into public health by using the HBI Road Map.