Maryland State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In 2011, Governor Martin OMalley issued executive order 01.01.2011.21 establishing the Virginia I. Jones Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders to evaluate the impact of Alzheimer’s in Maryland and issue a State Plan with recommendations for state policymakers. The Commission, which included caregivers, health care providers, community organizations, and state agencies, published the Maryland State Plan on Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders in December 2012.

In October 2013, the legislature established the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Council into law (Chapter 305, Acts of 2013) to continue the work of the previous Commission. In reviewing state statutes, policies and programs, the Council was to improve and enhance quality of life and support and services for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and their families by promoting and expanding the availability and accessibility of home- and community-based support and service programs.

In 2019, the state enacted legislation (Chapter 410 of 2019) extending authorization of the Council to 2024 and expanding its charge to update and advocate for the Maryland State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. The Council will also now examine the needs of individuals living with Alzheimers and other dementia and their caregivers to identify how the state can assist most effectively and advise the governor and General Assembly on related policy and funding issues. The Council is also now charged with developing and promoting strategies that encourage brain health and reduce cognitive decline.

Maryland 2022 Policy Priorities

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Support the Creation of a Dementia Coordinator Position in Maryland

As the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Council prepares to publish Maryland’s new Alzheimer’s State Plan, a key to translating the plan into action — and to ensure effective programs for people living with dementia and their caregivers — is enhanced coordination across state agencies. Effective implementation of the Alzheimer’s State Plan can help reduce the long-term impact of the disease on state budgets and improve the lives of Marylanders with dementia and their caregivers. The Alzheimers Association is urging legislators to approve creation of a full-time dementia coordinator position within the state government.

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Elevate the Quality of Care in Small Assisted Living Facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Marylands nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where over 42% of the residents have Alzheimers or another form of dementia. In Maryland, there are over 1,700 assisted living facilities and more than 75% of them have 10 or fewer beds. These smaller providers have been exempt from COVID-19 reporting requirements and many other COVID-related regulations because of their size. However, it is important to now prioritize these many smaller providers, examine the quality of care they provide, and consider how we can ensure their financial stability. Therefore, the Alzheimer’s Association will advocate for legislation requiring the Maryland Health Care Commission to examine the quality of care within Marylands small assisted living providers.

 

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Help Dementia Caregivers Navigate Maryland

In Maryland, more than 1 in 5 unpaid caregivers are providing aid to someone living with dementia. More than 1 in 3 provide more than 20 hours per week, and nearly 58% have been providing dementia caregiving aid for over two years. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support legislation that would require the creation of a dementia care navigator role at each of Marylands Area Agencies on Aging. These navigators will provide families with dementia-specific case management, provide tips and support to caregivers, and improve care coordination and transitions. They will also be able to provide community education and mobilize dementia-specific community resources and support.

Maryland’s Advocates Achieve Legislative Wins

Thanks to our hardworking advocates in states like Maryland, AIM is leading the way to pass laws that improve the lives of those living with dementia and their caregivers. In Maryland’s 2022 legislative session, advocates worked to develop, introduce and grow support for several bills that became laws.

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Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Eric Colchamiro

Phone: 202.365.6612

Email: [email protected]

110,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Maryland

242,000

Marylanders are providing unpaid care

$1.2 Billion

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

371 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

17%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

97.3%

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