Arkansas

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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

January 26, 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

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 10,000 26,000 23,000 58,000
2025 11,000 31,000 24,000 67,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$396

MILLION

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

14.6%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$22,373

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


HOSPICE (2017)

3,133

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


18%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

51

Number of geriatricians in 2019


163%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,564

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.8%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


22.3%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

178 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



203 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$2.66 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

1,457 total deaths in Arkansas
6th leading cause of death in Arkansas
8th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
239% 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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