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 2024 Policy Priorities
Empower First Responders with Dementia Training
First responders such as law enforcement officers, emergency medical services (EMS) workers and firefighters often interact with people living with dementia while intervening in crisis or disaster situations. Individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia may present as uncooperative when they have difficulty communicating and understanding what is happening, and first responders may not know how to interact with individuals in these situations. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging Mississippi lawmakers to mandate dementia training for EMS personnel and firefighters, establishing a minimum dementia-specific training standards with continuing education requirements.
Mississippi State Advocacy Day
Join advocates in Jackson on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 for State Advocacy Day. Advocates will have the opportunity to meet with elected officials and ask for their support of our policy priorities to help those living with dementia and their caregivers.
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Find My Chapter
Together, we’re making an impact. Find an Alzheimer’s Association chapter in your community for more ways to engage.
State Affairs Contact: Laney McNeer
Email: [email protected]
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.