Alaska State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In 2011, the Alaska Commission on Aging began the work of creating a state plan to address Alzheimer’s and dementia. With collaboration from other state agencies, community organizations, mental health professionals, and long-term care providers, the Commission formed a core team responsible for drafting Alaskas response to Alzheimers. After collecting public input, Alaskas Roadmap to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias was published in December 2014. A subsequent plan entitled A Call to Action: Alaskas 10-Year Map to Address Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementia was released in January 2021.

Alaska 2022 Policy Priorities

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Increase Education on Early Detection and Timely Diagnosis

Currently, only 50% of those living with Alzheimers disease receive a formal diagnosis. This must change. Educating clinicians, public health professionals and the public on the early warning signs of Alzheimers and other dementia and ensuring a timely and accurate diagnosis can lead to better health outcomes. The Alzheimer’s Association and Alaska advocates are urging legislators to support legislation to incorporate Alzheimer’s into existing public health campaigns to increase education among the public and health care providers on the benefits of early detection and diagnosis, risk reduction and care planning.

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Together, we’re making an impact. Find an Alzheimer’s Association chapter in your community for more ways to engage.

Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Elizabeth Bolling

Phone: 907.617.4352 

Email: [email protected]

 

8,500

people living with Alzheimer’s in Alaska

12,000

Alaskans are providing unpaid care

$76 Million

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

21 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

14%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

287.5%

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