Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia

The Division of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia is responsible for developing a plan of action for the implementation of support services and programming for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, their caregivers and family members. Activities and services of the Division include public awareness and education programs, training programs for family caregivers, direct care workers and other professional service providers, information and referral, adult day service programs, and annual education conferences. The Division funds in part and certifies two adult day centers: Garden Park Adult Day Center in Greenwood, and Footprints Adult Day Services in Newton.

  • Footprints Adult Day Services
    Newton, MS
  • Garden Park Adult Day Program
    Greenwood, MS

Click here for information on the upcoming 18th Annual Alzheimer’s Conference.

The Division can customize training at no charge for professionals, caregivers and service providers. The Division of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia currently operates in the state Central Office with satellite offices in Oxford, Magee and Long Beach. Contact the Division of Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementia at:

Kathy Van Cleave, LMSW, LCMHT, Division Director
MS Department of Mental Health
Boswell Regional Center
Magee, MS
601-867-5000, ext. 75242

Melora Jackson, MS, CMHT
MS Department of Mental Health
South Mississippi Regional Center
Long Beach, MS

Kim Sistrunk, MS, LCMHT
MS Department of Mental Health
North Mississippi State Hospital
Tupelo, MS

For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementia, contact the Department of Mental Health at 601-359-1288 or the Department of Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-210-8513. 

Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia

  • In 2010, there were an estimated 53,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease.  That number is expected to rise to 65,000 by 2025 in Mississippi.
  •  5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  •  More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.

Alzheimer’s Association. 2012 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. March 2012; 8:131–168.

Other Related Resources

Click here to view Mississippi Alzheimer’s Statistics

Click here to view the Living with Alzheimer’s:  A Resource Guide

Click here to view the brochure What You Should Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

Click here to view the Silver Alert Brochure


Alzheimer’s Mississippi
24-7: 1-877-930-6190

Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter
24-7 Hotline: 800-272-3900

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Alzheimer’s Association, Washington Office
(202) 393-7737

Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc.

National Council on Aging
(202) 479-1200

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center
1-800-438-4380 English
1-301-495-3311 Spanish (web address is the same)


Paint It PurplePaint It Purple

DMH and the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter wants Mississippians to help paint the state purple on September 21 in honor of Alzheimer’s Action Day.

Mississippians are encouraged to wear purple and display purple ribbons/bows on their homes and offices to show their support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and the loved ones who care for them. People are also encouraged to host a Paint It Purple! event in their city and/or workplace.

For more information, contact DMH at 601-359-1288 or the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter at 601-987-0020.


Silver Alert

Family members and friends now have a system in place to notify the public if a loved one who is believed to have dementia or other cognitive impairments is missing. When a loved one is missing, fear and anxiety can take over. The Silver Alert System, which is similar to the Amber Alert System for children, is designed to help spread the message about a missing person in hopes to locate the person as quickly as possible.

For more information, visit


Shatter the SilenceShatter the Silence

For many people, depression and thoughts of suicide aren’t necessarily thought of as problems older adults may be facing. Adults just don’t think that their parents or that their spouse of four or five decades could consider that. But the statistics prove those commonly-held notions wrong.  The highest suicide rate of any age group occurs among those aged 65 and older. There is an average of one suicide among the elderly every 90 minutes.

For more information, click here.



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