Mississippi State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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Mississippis Strategic Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias is a project led by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alzheimers 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.

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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.

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State Affairs Contact: Laney McNeer

Phone: 769.230.0595

Email: [email protected]

57,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Mississippi

115,000

Mississippians are providing unpaid care

$606 Million

Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)

275.2%

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths 2000-2019

20%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

439.1%

increase of geriatricians in Mississippi needed to meet the demand in 2050