Maine State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In June 2011, Maines legislature commissioned a state task force with the enactment of LD 859, calling for a study of the impact of Alzheimer's disease and the creation of a guide to help the state meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by this disease. The task force included representatives from elder law, community organizations, state agencies, academia, and law enforcement as well as caregivers, individuals living with the disease, state legislators, and health care providers. After soliciting public feedback, the task force published the State Plan for Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementias in Maine in June 2012.

Maine 2022 Policy Priorities

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Support Additional Funding for Long-Term Care Facilities

People living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia make up a large proportion of all older adults who receive adult day services and nursing home care. In Maine, however, those in need of these services are negatively affected by a shortage of direct care workers. To help improve recruitment and retention, Governor Janet Mills signed into law a bill that improved MaineCare (Medicaid) payment rates for 225 nursing and residential care facilities. Now, the Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to provide supplemental funding to ensure long-term care facilities receive sufficient resources and appropriate payment rates.

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

Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Jill Carney

Phone: 207.450.9583

Email: [email protected]

29,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Maine

46,000

Mainers are providing unpaid care

$212 Million

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

69 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

19%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

97.2%

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