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As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate.
Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that cannot be ignored by federal policymakers. Our goal is to see that the federal government takes bold action now to confront this growing crisis. Urge your elected officials to enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day. Learn more
One in eight Mississippians aged 45 or older report signs of cognitive decline
New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 12.9 percent of respondents aged 45 and older in Mississippi reported increased confusion or memory loss (i.e., subjective cognitive decline) and 67.4 percent said that it interfered with their daily life; however, only 46% report consulting a doctor.
These findings come from the Cognitive Module of the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a public health survey conducted annually by states in coordination with the CDC. Click here for findings in Mississippi and here for National results.
The data release coincides with National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. During the month of November, Americans across the nation recognize the impact of caregiving and honor the more than 15 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. To honor a caregiver, visit alz.org/honor.
There is evidence that self-reported memory problems are a good predictor of future diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Collecting this data is helpful in predicting future costs, as well as care and support service needs at both the state and national level. The new data also underscore the need for greater efforts to promote early detection and diagnosis.
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