Vermont State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In 1991, Vermont’s legislature enacted legislation that established the Governor’s Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), in its efforts to design and develop the State Plan on Dementia, convened a subcommittee of the Governor’s Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and other aging network providers. This subcommittee was charged with providing guidance for the development of a plan to help state policymakers and stakeholders better understand how the estimated increase in people living with dementia will need to be met with a corresponding increase in resources; including caregivers, specialized care units, respite services and education. During 2007 and 2008, a State Plan on Dementia was developed. Soliciting feedback from community members, direct service providers, and families impacted by Alzheimer’s, the subcommittee published the Vermont State Plan on Dementia in 2009.

Vermont 2022 Policy Priorities

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Ensure Planning and Support for Individuals and Families Impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease

Navigating and caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia poses unique challenges. With efforts underway to update the Alzheimer’s state plan, Vermont should establish a full-time Dementia Coordinator to work across agencies to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association and our advocates are urging state lawmakers to create a state Dementia Coordinator position and ensure regular updates to the Alzheimer’s state plan by passing S.206.

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Strengthen Home and Community-Based Services in Vermont

Many individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia rely on home and community-based services (HCBS) to delay moving into a long-term care setting. Additionally, services such as home-delivered meals, personal emergency response systems and adult day health programs help support family caregivers. To help address challenges posed by a limited workforce, the Alzheimer’s Association and our advocates are calling on state policymakers to include an additional $6 million in the budget to expand reimbursement levels for HCBS and respite care.

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Increase Vermont’s Dementia-Capable Workforce

In the last year, Vermont has seen acute staffing shortages in our long-term care communities as well as in home and community-based services. To address these shortages, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling for state lawmakers to support the “Health Care Workforce Development Strategic Plan” released in October 2021 and to implement their recommendations for workforce recruitment, education and retention.

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Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Megan Polyte

Phone: 802.343.2604

Email: [email protected]

13,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Vermont

26,000

Vermonters are providing unpaid care

$116 Million

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

37 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

17%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

255.6%

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