Dementia Caregiving: The Role for Public Health Strategists

Promoting Caregiving Across the Full Community: The Role for Public Health Strategists

Strong public health leadership is essential to engage community partners in driving structural changes that support effective, sustained caregiving for all people living with dementia.This action brief offers an overview of the challenges of caregiving for people living with dementia, then provides state, local, and tribal public health leaders with a framework and resources for action. It calls for public health to employ its chief health strategist role by bringing key stakeholders from multiple sectors to the table — alongside caregivers for adults living with dementia — to develop a broad, 360-degree, macro-level approach to promoting caregiving. This process would identify community assets, uncover inequities in access and use, and develop a plan that applies the best available evidence.