Alaska

ALASKA 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Critical Funding for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Over 33,000 Alaskans are providing unpaid care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia thus enabling a large portion of Alaskans living with dementia in Alaska to live in the community, instead of moving into more costly residential long-term care. Respite care provides a much-needed break for family caregivers. Alaska home and community-based services including Adult Day Services, Senior In-Home Services including respite care, and Alzheimer’s Education and Support are critical lifelines to support people with dementia and their families. While the upcoming budget will be tight, it is critical that legislators protect these programs from any cuts to support family caregivers.



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 08, 2021

Join us the week of February 8th for a series of informative and engaging virtual events to urge Alaska's state legislators to prioritize people with Alzheimer's and their family caregivers. Advocacy Day 2021 is scheduled for early February. Sign up to meet 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 2020. In Alaska, there are 12,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 34 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$26,424

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.