North Dakota State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In 2007, the North Dakota legislature approved House Concurrent Resolution No. 3022 to study the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease within the state. The Dementia-Related Services — Background Memorandum was presented to the state’s Long-Term Care Committee in 2007. In 2020, funds were allocated to support an update of the state plan, allowing the state to convene a work group to conduct a current and comprehensive needs assessment and develop a new set of recommendations. A new plan was released in 2022, coinciding with the launch of data-focused Alzheimer’s/Dementia Dashboard on the North Dakota Department of Health’s website.
North Dakota 2022 Policy Priorities
Ensure State Programs Offer Dementia-Specific Services
The North Dakota State Alzheimer’s Plan identified the need to ensure access to appropriate home- and community-based services (HCBS) for people living with dementia and support for informal caregivers. Access to HCBS helps allow individuals living with dementia to stay in their homes and be active in their communities longer, improve their quality of life, and reduce costs to families as well as the state. The Alzheimer’s Association is working to modernize state programs to include key dementia-specific services such as assistive technology, behavioral supports, home modifications, and transportation to help families care for a person living with dementia at home.
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State Affairs Contact: Melanie Gaebe
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people living with Alzheimer’s in North Dakota
North Dakotans are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000
in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
increase of geriatricians in North Dakota needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in North Dakota
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 North Dakota policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.