Alabama

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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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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
2020 16,000 43,000 37,000 96,000
2025 18,000 52,000 41,000 110,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$925

MILLION

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

21.8%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$22,555

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


HOSPICE (2017)

5,867

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


18%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

44

Number of geriatricians in 2019


418%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,427

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.5%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


14.1%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

306 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



349 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$4.58 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

2,616 total deaths in Alabama
6th leading cause of death in Alabama
1st highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
192% 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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