Arkansas

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ARKANSAS 2019 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Increase Access to Home and Community-Based Services

Supporting Individuals with Cognitive Impairments

Home and community-based services are frequently requested by Arkansans and are less expensive than nursing home care. The Alzheimer's Association is advocating for expanding the state's existing home care programs to allow more individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias living throughout Arkansas to have access to affordable, high quality care in their community.

Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Update the Arkansas State Alzheimer's Plan

In 2011 Arkansas published its first state Alzheimer's plan. It is time for the state to conduct a comprehensive and current needs assessment of the state of the disease in Arkansas. It is critical that the Arkansas Department of Health to establishes a statewide coalition of key stakeholders to conduct a needs assessment, seek public input, and produce a new set of recommendations that address issues such as access to care, improving cognitive health, and ensuring that ALL Arkansans have access to clinicians who can properly diagnose this disease.



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 26, 2019

Join advocates from across the state as they gather in Little Rock to raise awareness and share with state lawmakers the many ways they have been impacted by Alzheimer's. Advocates will have the opportunity to meet with their elected officials, sit in on committee meetings, and attend a press conference with state agency officials and legislators to bring awareness to the impact of Alzheimer's on the state of Arkansas. This is your opportunity to impact policy decisions at the state level and make sure your voice is heard. REGISTER HERE: http://tinyurl.com/y4lxgqka


2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020 alz.org/forum

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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State Affairs Contact David Cook | 5012531931 | [email protected]



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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
2019 9,600 25,000 22,000 57,000
2025 11,000 31,000 24,000 67,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$367

MILLION

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

22.3%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$21,782

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


HOSPICE (2016)

2,974

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


18%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,510

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.2%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

178,000

Number of Caregivers

203,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$2,560,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$119,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

1,436

6th leading cause of death in Arkansas
10th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
234% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

For more information, view the 2019 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 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.



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