Rhode Island State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In April 2012, the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 2858, directing the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council to lead a workgroup on the development of a state plan. The workgroup was co-chaired by the chair of the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council, the lieutenant governor or designee and the director of the division of elderly affairs. After collecting public feedback, the workgroup published the Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders in September 2013. In February 2019, the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council published the 2019 Update, Rhode Island State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

Rhode Island 2022 Policy Priorities

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Establish a Permanent Dementia Coordinator Position in Rhode Island

There are nearly 25,000 Rhode Islanders living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 38,000 unpaid caregivers providing support for them. Although the state released an updated State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders in 2019, implementation has lagged. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to establish a permanent dementia coordinator staff position to lead implementation of the plan and coordinate dementia related efforts across agencies to better support Rhode Islanders living with dementia and their families.

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State Affairs Contact: David Carlin

Phone: 401.862.5027

Email: [email protected]

24,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Rhode Island

39,000

Rhode Islanders are providing unpaid care

$470 Million

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

50 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

25%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

48.5%

increase of geriatricians in Rhode Island needed to meet the demand in 2050