Arkansas

ARKANSAS 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Critical Funding For Dementia Family Caregivers

Family caregivers play a critical role in the delivery of health care in the state of Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, over 93,000 caregivers provide 140 million hours of unpaid care at a value of $2.98 billion to the state. Research has proven that supporting family caregivers can save the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding by delaying placement in long-term care. Arkansas needs to invest in support services such as respite so that families can make care choices that will allow their loved ones to age in the most appropriate setting for as long as possible. Without these funds, many caregivers risk worsening their own health. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to include funding for a pilot program to provide respite grants for family caregivers of those living with dementia.



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 14, 2022

Join us for the Arkansas State Advocacy Week scheduled for February 14th - 17th. This week of action will be highlighted by an in-person event on Tuesday, February 15th at the Arkansas State Capitol. Advocates will come together to hear from state leaders, understand the Alzheimer’s Association’s leading asks during the legislative session and meet with state legislators to share their story and urge support of these critical priorities. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials. We need you to help us send a unified message to state lawmakers about the importance of supporting family caregivers!


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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 2021. In Arkansas, there are 93,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 29 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$23,982

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.