Tennessee State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In July 2007, the Tennessee General Assembly established the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease in Tennessee, examine services and resources, and draft a state strategy to respond to Alzheimer’s within the state. The Task Force included representatives from long-term care organizations, adult day providers, physician groups, community organizations, state agencies, caregivers, individuals living with the disease and state legislators. In February 2009, the Task Force published the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force Final Report.
In May of 2019, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 28 (Public Chapter No. 364) establishing the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Council. In January 2020, the Advisory Council published the updated Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia State Plan.
Tennessee 2022 Policy Priorities
Support Dementia Family Caregivers in Tennessee
Although often rewarding, the responsibilities of providing care for someone living with dementia often take a toll on the caregiver. To support family caregivers in Tennessee, Sen. Shane Reeves and Rep. Ryan Williams recently introduced SB 1749/HB 1686, the Colonel Thomas G. Bowden Memorial Act. This bill seeks to create a three-year pilot program called the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Respite Care Program, which would provide respite care services for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and families caring for them.
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State Affairs Contact: Ryan Ellis
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Tennessee
Tennesseans 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 Tennessee needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Tennessee
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 Tennessee policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.