Alaska State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
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 Alaska’s response to Alzheimer’s. After collecting public input, Alaska’s Roadmap to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias was published in December 2014. A subsequent plan entitled A Call to Action: Alaska’s 10-Year Map to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia was released in January 2021.
Alaska 2022 Policy Priorities
Increase Education on Early Detection and Timely Diagnosis
Currently, only 50% of those living with Alzheimer’s disease receive a formal diagnosis. This must change. Educating clinicians, public health professionals and the public on the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s 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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State Affairs Contact: Elizabeth Bolling
Email: [email protected]
people living with Alzheimer’s in Alaska
Alaskans are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000
in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
increase of geriatricians in Alaska needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Alaska
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 Alaska policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.