New Hampshire State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In March 2014, New Hampshires legislature established a Subcommittee on Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementia through the passage of HB 1572-FN. The Subcommittee includes representatives from care provider organizations, state agency officials, law enforcement officials, state legislators, caregivers, and other individuals impacted by Alzheimers. New Hampshire Alzheimers Disease & Related Dementias Sub-Committee Recommendations was published in 2013 and updated in 2015.

New Hampshire 2022 Policy Priorities

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Expand Access to Critical Respite Grant Funding for Caregivers

In New Hampshire, there are an estimated 26,000 individuals living with Alzheimers or other dementia and an estimated 58,000 caregivers providing care. Providing care to a loved one living with Alzheimers or other dementia can be extremely challenging. To help reduce the burden on caregivers, New Hampshire has a respite grant that can assist a caregiver in acquiring alternative care for their loved one so the caregiver is able to take a break and support their mental and physical health. However, current law states that in order to access the respite grant, you must have Alzheimers or another dementia. This prevents access for those without a formal diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association and our hardworking advocates are urging legislators to ensure those who are symptomatic of the disease but may not have a formal diagnosis can also be eligible for this critical respite grant funding.

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Improve Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities

Historically, New Hampshire has had one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the country. Reimbursement rates often impact an individual’s access to residential care settings, quality care, and the wages of those working in these facilities. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging the state legislature to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates to help ensure that those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia will have access to quality residential care and the facility will be reimbursed in a way that reflects the higher cost of Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

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Help Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation

In 2020, older adults filed 334,411 fraud reports with reported losses of more than $600 million in the United States. Because the vast majority of frauds are not reported, these numbers include only a fraction of older adults harmed by fraud. As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia continues to grow, so does the potential for exploitation, physical or emotional abuse, and neglect. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support legislation that would help protect individuals living with cognitive impairment in New Hampshire from financial abuse by allowing financial institutions to place holds on the distribution of funds if they suspect financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

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Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Jessica Eskeland

Phone: 617.393.2002

Email: [email protected]

26,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in New Hampshire

58,000

Granite Staters are providing unpaid care

$254 Million

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

83 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

17%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

118.2%

increase of geriatricians in New Hampshire needed to meet the demand in 2050