Alaska

ALASKA 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Increase Education on Early Detection and Timely Diagnosis

Currently, only 50% of those living with Alzheimer's disease receive a formal diagnosis. This needs to change. Educating clinicians, public health professionals and the public on the early warning signs of Alzheimer's and other dementias and the importance of a timely diagnosis is the first step in ensuring that anyone diagnosed with this disease can benefit from future treatments, care planning and clinical trials. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging legislators to support legislation to incorporate Alzheimer’s into existing public health campaigns to increase education among the public and health care providers on the benefits of early detection and diagnosis, risk reduction, and care planning.



Alaska State Plan Overview

In 2011, the Alaska Commission on Aging initiated the state planning process. With collaboration from other state agencies, community organizations, mental health professionals, and long-term care providers, the Commission formed a core team responsible for drafting Alaska's response to Alzheimer's. After collecting public input, Alaska's Roadmap to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias was published in December 2014. A subsequent plan entitled A Call to Action: Alaska's 10-Year Map to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia was released in January 2021.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Alaska State Advocacy Day

February 01, 2022

Join our Advocacy Day at the Alaska State Legislature from anywhere in Alaska. Advocacy Day 2022 is scheduled for February 1st, 2022. Advocates will come together to hear from state leaders, understand the Alzheimer’s Association’s leading asks during the legislative session and meet with state legislators to share their story and urge support of these critical priorities. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials. Sign up to meet virtually with your elected officials and share your story!


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State Affairs Contact Elizabeth Bolling | [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Alaska

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer's Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's health care system.


Prevalence



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9,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Alaska


This number is projected to increase 29.4% between 2020 and 2025.

Nationally, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to more than double by 2050.

Mortality


128

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Alaska in 2019

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There has been a 172% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000.

Nationally, there were more than 42,000 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 16% higher than average.


Caregiving



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Value of unpaid care work

Hours of unpaid care


Nationally, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care in 2021. In Alaska, there are 12,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 34 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$26,714

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$76,000,000

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals



95

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,478

# of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


People with Alzheimer's disease have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Nationally, emergency department visits for those with dementia have increased nearly 30% over the past decade.


The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report contains data on the impact of Alzheimer's on the nation and in every state across the country.
Visit alz.org/facts to view the full report.