Arkansas State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In 2009, the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimers Disease in Arkansas was established via House Bill 1014 to bring together caregivers, public health officials, patient advocates, and community leaders to tackle a range of issues impacting people living with Alzheimers, their caregivers and the state. After collecting public feedback to inform the plan's recommendations, in 2011 the Task Force published the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimers Disease in Arkansas Final Report. In 2021, the Arkansas General Assembly approved a measure that created a permanent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Advisory Council in the state. The Council is charged with updating the current Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Disease Plan and working with key stakeholders to ensure that the plan is implemented. The Council is currently meeting to update the existing state plan.

Arkansas 2022 Policy Priorities

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Support Critical Funding For Dementia Family Caregivers

Family caregivers play a critical role in the delivery of health care in the state of Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, over 93,000 caregivers provide 140 million hours of unpaid care to people living with Alzheimer’s disease at a value of $2.98 billion to the state. Research has proven that supporting family caregivers can save the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding by delaying placement in long-term care. Arkansas needs to invest in support services such as respite so that families can make care choices that will allow their loved ones to age in the most appropriate setting for as long as possible. Without these funds, many caregivers risk worsening their own health. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to include funding for a pilot program to provide respite grants for family caregivers of those living with dementia.

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State Affairs Contact: David Cook 

Phone: 501.253.1931

Email: [email protected]

58,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Arkansas

93,000

Arkansans are providing unpaid care

$396 Million

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

139 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

18%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

143.6%

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