South Dakota State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 


Established in 2015, the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan Work Group expanded in April 2017 to include a larger group of stakeholders charged with creating the state’s response to Alzheimer’s. The Work Group conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and hosted town halls across the state, which were supported by a South Dakota Community Foundation Community Innovation Grant. In June 2018, the South Dakota State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias was published.

South Dakota 2022 Policy Priorities

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Support Critical Funding for Alzheimer’s Programs 

In South Dakota, over 18,000 people aged 65 or older are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia and nearly 20,000 South Dakotans are providing unpaid care. Increased funding for important state programs like respite care and support could change the lives of these South Dakotans. Respite care provides much-needed relief for family caregivers and allows them to take care of their personal medical issues or complete tasks outside of the home. That’s why the Alzheimer’s Association and our tireless advocates are calling on legislators to support HB 1338 to increase funding by at least 6% for the Department of Human Services to support programs for persons living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in South Dakota.

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Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Thomas Elness

Phone: 605.789.4997

Email: [email protected]


people living with Alzheimer’s in South Dakota


South Dakotans are providing unpaid care

$182 Million

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

18 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000


in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia


increase of geriatricians in South Dakota needed to meet the demand in 2050