Continue the Commitment to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research In Mississippi

More than 57,000 Mississippi residents are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple. With Alzheimer's costing the Mississippi Medicaid Program over $606 million in 2020 (a figure expected to increase over 20% in 5 years), it is more urgent than ever that the state prioritize Alzheimer's research. The Alzheimer’s Association will urge the state legislature to ensure state funding is allocated to Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Mississippi must continue its commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementia by continuing to dedicate $3 million in state funding for Alzheimer’s research in the upcoming fiscal year.

Mississippi State 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 State Advocacy Day

Use your voice to support people with Alzheimer’s and urge state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. Stay tuned for more details about how you can participate in the 2022 Mississippi State Advocacy Day.

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State Affairs Contact Laney McNeer | 6017206868 [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Mississippi

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer's Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's health care system.


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Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Mississippi

This number is projected to increase 14.0% between 2020 and 2025.

Nationally, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to more than double by 2050.



Deaths from Alzheimer's in Mississippi in 2019

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There has been a 275% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Mississippi.

There were 704 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 29% higher than average.


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Value of unpaid care work

Hours of unpaid care

Nationally, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care in 2021. In Mississippi, there are 130,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 33 hours of unpaid care per week




per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia



Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals


# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


# of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia

People with Alzheimer's disease have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Nationally, emergency department visits for those with dementia have increased nearly 30% over the past decade.

The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report contains data on the impact of Alzheimer's on the nation and in every state across the country.
Visit alz.org/facts to view the full report.