Alabama

ALABAMA 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Implementation and Updates to the State Alzheimer’s Plan

Alabama published a State Alzheimer’s Plan after discussions with multiple stakeholders to outline how the state can address Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state leaders to continue to prioritize regular updates and implementation to the State Alzheimer’s Plan to support people with dementia and their family caregiver. Alabama must focus on addressing Alzheimer’s as a public health crisis; building a dementia capable workforce; increasing access to home and community-based services; and improving the quality of care in residential settings.

Prioritize Long-Term Care in the Response to COVID-19

The pandemic has exposed gaps in the provision of long-term care (LTC) in Alabama. As the state continues its response, the Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to prioritize LTC, focusing on testing; reporting; surge activation; and providing support. This includes providing LTC communities with access to rapid testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) so residents and their families can safely reunite, as well as ensuring that outbreaks are reported and that long-term care is included in the state’s emergency preparedness and response plans.



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.




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State Affairs Contact Lisa Holman | (205) 379-8065 x [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 2020. In Alabama, there are 206,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 21 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$24,132

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.