Oklahoma State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In May 2008, the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease was established pursuant to Senate Bill 2186. Tasked with examining the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and forming a plan of action within the state, the Task Force included representatives from the private sector, community organizations, and state agencies as well as caregivers, state legislators, and individuals living with Alzheimer's. In September 2009, the Final Report of the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Oklahoma was published. In 2015, Governor Mary Fallin issued Executive Order 2015-32 to authorize an update to the state plan. The Oklahoma Alzheimer’s State Plan 2016 was published in February 2016.

Oklahoma 2022 Policy Priorities

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Support Oklahomans with Dementia by Expanding the Definition of Adult Day Care 

Oklahomans with dementia and their family caregivers rely on the Program of All-Inclusive Care (PACE) to remain in their home instead of moving to a costly long-term care community. PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that uses coordinated care to help individuals meet their health care needs in the community. Coordinated home care can help increase the length of time that people living with dementia are able to remain in their homes and delay the need for residential long-term care. That’s why the Alzheimer’s Association is urging Oklahoma legislators to update state law to change the definition of adult day care to include PACE programs. This change would provide more Oklahomans living with dementia with access to team care that helps them stay in their homes and communities for longer.

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State Affairs Contact: Margaret Shaffer

Phone: 918.932.9340

Email: [email protected]

67,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Oklahoma

129,000

Oklahomans are providing unpaid care

$516 Million

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

244 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

18%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

557.7%

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