District of Columbia State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In 2012, the District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA) established a workgroup of community partners and stakeholders to develop an Alzheimer's plan. The District of Columbia State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease 2014-2019 was published a year later to mitigate the effects of Alzheimer's disease and improve access to benefits for those affected within the District. In an important next step, legislation enacted in 2019 created the role of Dementia Services Coordinator in the D.C. Department of Health and is tasked with implementing and updating the District’s State Alzheimer’s Plan.

District of Columbia 2022 Policy Priorities

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Update Washington, D.C.’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers is a large and growing public health crisis requiring a comprehensive response. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the newly formed Brain Health Advisory Coalition to update the District of Columbia State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and ensure a clear plan for implementation. By engaging state agency officials, caregivers, providers, advocates, and policymakers, the District can identify its unique gaps and needs and develop a state-specific plan with tailored recommendations to better serve those living with dementia and their families. 

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Empower First Responders and Adult Protective Services Workers with Dementia Training

First responders and adult protective services (APS) workers are critical to the health and safety of people living with Alzheimer’s. They frequently interact with individuals who have dementia and are among the first to observe instances of abuse and neglect. Without proper training on how to recognize the signs and how to effectively communicate with people with dementia, situations may escalate quickly with potentially dangerous consequences. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the D.C. Council to support forthcoming legislation to require dementia training for first responders to educate these professionals on understanding specific behavior symptoms, effective communication strategies, protocols for contacting caregivers and available local resources.

Find My Chapter

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

Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Eric Colchamiro

Phone: 202.365.6612

Email: [email protected]

8,900

people living with Alzheimer’s in the District of Columbia

14,000

Washingtonians are providing unpaid care

$126 Million

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

15 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

18%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

-22.2%

increase of geriatricians in the District of Columbia needed to meet the demand in 2050

Resources to Drive Change in District of Columbia

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 District of Columbia policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.