Colorado State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview

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The Colorado Alzheimers Coordinating Council (CACC) was authorized by the state legislature in 2008 with the passage of Senate Bill 08-058. Members included representatives from state agencies, the state legislature, care providers, family caregivers, persons living with the disease, and the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimers Association. Tasked with creating a state plan on Alzheimers, the CACC focused on Colorados current public and private capacity to address Alzheimers, identify service and support gaps, and make recommendations to improve the care of those living with the disease, their caregivers and their families. The Colorado State Alzheimer Disease Plan: A Roadmap for Alzheimers Disease Caregiving and Family Support Policies was published in November 2010.

Colorado 2022 Policy Priorities

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Empower Health Care Professionals Through Dementia Training

Individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia have unique needs that often make care delivery, communication and interaction more challenging and demanding. Yet, direct care workers in long-term care settings, in-home services and adult day settings often do not have sufficient dementia-specific knowledge to effectively support those living with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association and Colorado advocates are calling on legislators to support legislation in Colorado that will require mandatory dementia training for direct care professionals working in nursing homes, assisted living residences and adult day programs.

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Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Coral Cosway 

Phone: 720.699.9276

Email: [email protected]

76,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Colorado

159,000

Coloradans are providing unpaid care

$635 Million

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

184 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

15%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

201.0%

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