Both incurable and fatal, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/RD) are arguably the most daunting public health challenge of our time. More than five million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent type of dementia, and by 2050 this number is projected to rise to 13.8 million. Risk reduction measures and early diagnosis are essential to managing the effects of dementia and reducing health-related costs. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) was signed into law by President Obama in 2011 and calls for a comprehensive plan to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Following the passage of NAPA, states around the nation have developed and implemented statewide plans to raise public awareness, provide education, coordinate services, train practitioners, and support the burgeoning needs of communities affected by this public health crisis.
Click here to view the Wyoming State Plan on Alzheimer’s