Delaware State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In 2012, the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter coordinated a meeting with Governor Jack Markell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf, and Director of the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) Bill Love to discuss the importance of mapping out a strategy to address Alzheimer’s disease in Delaware, including through the development of an Alzheimer’s state plan. The Alzheimer’s Association and DSAAPD established a Task Force of caregivers, advocates, and professionals representing a broad range of organizations. With support from DSAAPD staff, the Task Force published the Delaware State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in December 2013. Since the release of the Delaware State Plan, an Advisory Committee made up of a variety of stakeholders from the Alzheimer’s community has been meeting to oversee the Plan’s implementation.
Delaware 2024 Policy Priorities
Improve Dementia Training Standards in Assisted Living Facilities
Assisted living facilities help older adults with activities of daily living but provide less intensive supervision that nursing homes would normally provide. Appropriate staff ratio practices and training standards affect the quality of life for those in assisted living facilities, especially those living with dementia. To prevent neglect and improve care for residents who are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 150, which would set new training standards and ensure appropriate staffing levels in order to offer memory care services in assisted living facilities.
Recognize Alzheimer’s as a Public Health Issue
Delaware is home to 19,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and 31,000 unpaid caregivers. By 2025, the number of Delawareans living with Alzheimer’s is estimated to increase by 21.1%. With a rapidly growing population with dementia, a robust public health response is needed to mitigate the impact. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to support legislation requiring the Departments of Aging and Public Health to recognize Alzheimer’s and other dementia as a public health issue to increase awareness, promote risk reduction and the value of obtaining a timely and accurate diagnosis.
Delaware State Advocacy Day
Join advocates on Thursday, March 28, 2024 for State Advocacy Day! Advocates will come together to share their stories, hear from state legislators and urge their support for our critical policy priorities. Make a difference for the 19,000 Delawareans living with Alzheimer's.
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State Affairs Contact: Sean Dwyer
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Delaware
Delawareans are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
increase in Alzheimer’s deaths 2000-2019
in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
increase of geriatricians in Delaware needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Delaware
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 Delaware policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.