Michigan State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In 2003, the Michigan Dementia Plan Steering Committee released the state’s first Dementia Plan in partnership with the Department of Community Health. The Committee, which was composed of state agency, academic and advocacy organizations, and health care providers gathered significant stakeholder feedback to issue recommendations around public health, dementia training, caregiver support and access to home- and community-based services (HCBS). The Michigan Dementia Coalition — a collaborative group of community agencies, universities, dementia caregivers, and state government officials concerned about dementia and related conditions — led the development of the Michigan Dementia Plan Update: 2009-2011 and the 2019-2022 Roadmap for Creating a Dementia Capable Michigan. The recent Roadmap calls for increased access to HCBS, support for caregivers and an increase in the number of geriatricians practicing in the state.

Michigan 2022 Policy Priorities

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Make Michigan’s Dementia Unit Permanent

More than 190,000 Michiganders are currently living with dementia, a chronic disease that creates numerous health, financial, and emotional challenges for families and communities across the state. In 2021, the legislature appropriated $400,000 for Michigan’s first ever dementia unit to help meet the challenges that dementia creates for individuals and families. The appropriation for the unit was included in the “one-time” funding portion of the budget, which means that Michigan may not make the long-term investment required to address dementia in our state. Michigan already makes this sort of commitment to various other chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the legislature to make Michigan’s Dementia Unit a priority and expand funding and make the Dementia Unit permanent.

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Improve Access to Dementia Care

Treatment and support for dementia relies on the timely detection and diagnosis of the condition by health professionals with the training necessary to identify and care for patients with a dementia diagnosis. Geriatricians and neurologists are key specialties in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Currently, many areas in Michigan face a shortage in the number of physicians trained in these specialties. Residents living in many areas of the state face delays in getting treatment or travel long distances to get the care they need. The Michigan Essential Provider Program facilitates the placement and retention of designated professionals in health resource shortage areas and is achieved via a program of loan repayment for physicians. The Alzheimer’s Association urges the state to expand the definition of which medical specialties qualify for the Michigan Essential Provider Program to include Neurology and Geriatrics.

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State Affairs Contact: Colin Ford

Phone: 517.420.1060

Email: [email protected]

190,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Michigan

466,000

Michiganders are providing unpaid care

$1.5 Billion

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

495 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

16%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

183.5%

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