Alabama

ALABAMA 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support the Reauthorization of the Alabama Alzheimer's Disease Task Force

With over 96,000 Alabamans living with Alzheimer’s today and many more not diagnosed, Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis in Alabama. Alabama needs an updated State Alzheimer’s Plan bringing all of the key state officials and private-sector stakeholders together to outline a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing this disease. Therefore, the Alzheimer’s Association is urging legislators to reauthorize the Alabama Alzheimer's Disease Task Force to review and prioritize outstanding recommendations of the 2015 State Plan. The Task Force must develop policy recommendations on how the state can prepare the workforce to meet the rising need for dementia care, improve access and quality of dementia care, increase public awareness about Alzheimer's and other dementia, and build support for family caregivers of individuals with dementia.



Alabama State Plan Overview

In May 2012, the Alabama Alzheimer's Disease Task Force was established (Alabama House Joint Resolution 433). The Task Force was charged with assessing the impact of Alzheimer's disease, examining the existing service delivery system, and developing strategies to respond to this crisis within the state. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, healthcare organizations, and community organizations as well as state legislators, caregivers, researchers, and individuals living with the disease. In April 2015, the State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Dementias in Alabama was published.




ADVOCACY EVENTS

Alabama State Advocacy Day

March 15, 2022

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates to raise a collective voice at the Kick Off Rally, Tuesday, March 15 @ 9:30 am. Learn how you can virtually share your story! We will also be reviewing the role of Ambassadors and volunteer advocates. Learn how you can engage in influencing public policy that makes a difference for all of those impacted by this disease!


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State Affairs Contact Kathy Copeland | 5612520383 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Alabama

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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96,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Alabama


This number is projected to increase 14.6% 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


2,659

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Alabama in 2019

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There has been a 197% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Alabama.

There were 854 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 18% 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 Alabama, there are 211,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 21 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$24,396

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$925,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



5,867

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,411

# 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.