Arkansas

ARKANSAS 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Establish the Arkansas Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council

Over the last year, the Alzheimer's Association has been working with state government agencies and other stakeholders to update the Arkansass State Alzheimer’s Plan to outline a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s and supporting the over 60,000 Arkansans currently living with Alzheimer's and their family caregivers. To ensure the ongoing implementation of the Plan, Arkansas needs a permanent Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council to support state agencies and provide policy solutions to support individuals and their caregivers navigate the challenges of Alzheimer's and other dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support forthcoming legislation in Arkansas to establish the Council and direct the state agencies to implement the State Plan. 



Arkansas State Plan Overview

In 2009, the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer's Disease in Arkansas was established via House Bill 1014 to bring together caregivers, public health officials, patient advocates, and community leaders to tackle a range of Alzheimer's issues. After collecting public feedback to inform the plan's recommendations, the Task Force published The Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer's Disease in Arkansas Final Report in 2011.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Arkansas State Advocacy Day

February 09, 2021

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates in urging Arkansas state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. We will have informative and engaging virtual events with state government leaders to highlight the urgent need for an Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council in Arkansas. Beginning on January 26th, we will host a series of events mixing storytelling, advocacy training and direct engagement with your state government representatives. And we will all wear purple to unify us in our virtual efforts!


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State Affairs Contact David Cook | 501-253-1931 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Arkansas

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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58,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Arkansas


This number is projected to increase 15.5% 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


1,507

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Arkansas in 2019

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There has been a 251% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Arkansas.

There were 601 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 21% 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 Arkansas, there are 93,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 29 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$23,722

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$396,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



3,133

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,530

# 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.