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 2024 Policy Priorities

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Support Publication and Implementation of the State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease

Following Council and Mayoral actions to establish a Dementia Coordinator position in 2019, the District of Columbia has worked to update its State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on Councilmembers to support appropriations to enable implementation of the state Alzheimer’s plan to support people with dementia and their family caregivers. Important focus areas include building awareness, strengthening the dementia care workforce, increasing access to care and improving quality of care.

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Implement the Dementia Training for Direct Care Workers Act

The Dementia Training for Direct Care Workers Act was signed into law in 2020, marking a huge victory for the District of Columbia. The Act establishes dementia training requirements for staff who actively engage with residents and requires facilities to establish procedures regarding the treatment and care of residents living with dementia. The bill also requires the Department of Health to designate standardized training and conduct a rate study to ensure workers are appropriately compensated. Although the Act was enacted and funded in 2020, the requirements of the Act need to be implemented. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on policymakers to fully implement the Dementia Training for Direct Care Workers Act.

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: Andrew Ross

Phone: 202.638.8663

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)

81

deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in 2019

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.