Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Require Dementia Training for all Direct Care Providers

Alzheimer's affect people living in all 67 of Alabama's counties, and expanding training for those who serve Alabamians living with dementia will help produce better outcomes for patients in every single county. Alabama needs to require competency-based dementia training for all direct service, administrative, supervisory, and other staff who are involved in the delivery of care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias in licensed long-term care facilities, the home, and adult day settings.

Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Require Dementia Training for First Responders and Adult Protective Services Workers

First responders are on the front lines of those who can help identify and address cognitive impairment. We need to equip Alabama's first responders and adult protective services workers with the tools and training they need to recognize people with dementia. Such training will result in more effective intervention in cases involving the abuse and exploitation of individuals who are cognitively impaired. Legislation modeled after recommendations by the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature to address this issue will be introduced during the 2019 Regular Session.

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.


Alabama State Advocacy Day

April 30, 2019

Please join us for the Alabama State Advocacy Day on April 30, 2019 – a unique state advocacy experience where you will meet with state legislators, tell your story and explain why it is important for them to make Alzheimer’s issues a top priority! Working together with Alabama lawmakers from every part of the state, we can make a difference and improve the lives of Alabamians who are living with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Your voice is critical to raising awareness and and addressing Alzheimer's as a public health crisis. REGISTER TODAY:

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020

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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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Alabama

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 16,000 42,000 37,000 94,000
2025 18,000 52,000 41,000 110,000

Percentage change from 2019




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


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



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

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


6th leading cause of death in Alabama
3rd highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
186% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

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.