Alaska

ALASKA 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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.



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Alaska

Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age

Year 65-74 75-84 85+ TOTAL
* Totals may not add due to rounding
2020 2,000 4,000 3,000 9,000
2025 2,000 5,000 4,000 11,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$76

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)

44.6%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$24,801

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)


HOSPICE (2017)

95

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


14%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

6

Number of geriatricians in 2019


417%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,448

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


19.6%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


23.5%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

33 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



38 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$495 Million

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

131 total deaths in Alaska
179% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.

U.S. Statistics

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and as many as 13.8 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $305 billion in 2020, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly 1 in 3 seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.



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