Alaska

ALASKA 2019 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.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020 alz.org/forum

As an Alzheimer's advocate, you've worked to advance critical public policy, making a difference in the lives of all those impacted by Alzheimer's. Together we've achieved great increases in federal Alzheimer's research funding and secured critical advances in care and support. But we can't take our successes for granted — we need to keep the pressure on.

Join us in Washington for an inspiring three-day event filled with networking, training and education.

Be part of the movement that's making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.


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Elected Officials

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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
2019 1,500 3,600 2,900 8,000
2025 1,900 5,400 4,000 11,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$71

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2019)

52.9%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$22,062

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2018 dollars)


HOSPICE (2016)

103

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


14%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,398

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


18.2%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

33,000

Number of Caregivers

38,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$479,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$33,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

98

For more information, view the 2019 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 14 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $290 billion in 2019, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.



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