Washington State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

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In March 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 6124 (SSB 6124) calling on the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to convene an Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group (ADWG) to develop a Washington State Plan to address Alzheimer’s disease. The working group included professional and unpaid caregivers, people living with Alzheimer's disease, and other health care experts. The Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias was published in January 2016. Leading the charge to implement the plan is the Dementia Action Collaborative — a group of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington State for the growth of the dementia population.

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Implementing and Updating the Washington State Alzheimer’s Plan

After passing the bill to create the State Alzheimer’s Plan in 2014, the legislature tasked the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) with implementing the plan’s recommendations. The DAC has made great strides, from developing a legal planning toolkit for families to educating primary care providers about Alzheimer’s disease. Now, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support legislation to codify the Dementia Action Collaborative and ensure the State Alzheimer’s Plan is updated regularly to address the Alzheimer’s crisis in Washington.

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State Affairs Contact: Brad Forbes

Phone: 206.529.3867

Email: [email protected]

120,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Washington

297,000

Washingtonians are providing unpaid care

$547 Million

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

429 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000

20%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

216.7%

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