Mississippi State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
Mississippi’s Strategic Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias is a project led by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, in collaboration with other stakeholders, public and private. The Strategic Plan was published in 2015 as an update to the original plan published in 2010. In January 2020, the next iteration of the state plan was published, The State of Mississippi, Strategic Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, 2020-2025.
Mississippi 2023 Policy Priorities
Expand Funding for a Permanent Respite Program
Caregivers of people living with dementia take on an important but burdensome role of ensuring their loved one is safe and well-kept at all times. With their attention turned towards their loved one with dementia, caregivers are often left with emotional, financial, and physical difficulties than caregivers of people without dementia. Respite care provides a much-needed break for family caregivers. In cases where finances are tight, Mississippi’s state-funded respite care program can step in with critical support. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to increase funding for this program to serve the growing dementia population.
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State Affairs Contact: Laney McNeer
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Mississippi
Mississippians are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
increase in Alzheimer’s deaths 2000-2019
in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
increase of geriatricians in Mississippi needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Mississippi
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Mississippi policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.