Arizona

NEWS

Call your legislators and let them know you support the Dementia Training Standards Study Committee! Ask them to VOTE YES. 

Also encourage your members to attend our 2nd annual Arizona Alzheimer's Association Advocacy & Awareness Day at the Capitol on February 26th! RSVP information below, or email [email protected]

ARIZONA 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Promote Brain Health

Public health has worked to keep people physically healthy across the lifespan, public health can now help people stay cognitively healthy, too. An ever-growing evidence base shows that adopting certain healthy behaviors can reduce the risk of cognitive decline, promote brain health, and protect cognition. To address this, public health practitioners can promote brain health at all ages to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Support Funding for Dementia-Specific Data Collection

Each year, every state conducts a public health survey through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). States may collect data through the BRFSS on the impact of cognitive decline using the Cognitive Module and the Caregiver Module. Arizona’s Department of Health Services is working to include the Caregiver module is added to Arizona's survey in 2021 and the Cognitive Decline module in 2022 to ensure data is collected so that the state can adequately assess the needs of Arizonians living with dementia and the needs of their family caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association is seeking support for the inclusion of funding in the state’s annual budget, to cover the costs of adding these modules to the state BRFSS.



Arizona State Plan Overview

The Arizona Alzheimer's Task Force was established in 2011 as a collaboration of the Governor's Office on Aging, the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services, the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium, and the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter. The goal was to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, both public and private, to develop a plan to address the growing number of Arizonans with Alzheimer's disease. In 2015, the Task Force published the Arizona Alzheimer's State Plan: A Framework for Action, which was developed through the cooperation of more than 100 community members.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Arizona State Advocacy Day

March 04, 2020

Arizona has the fastest growth rate of Alzheimer's disease in the nation. Join fellow Advocates from across the state make Alzheimer's a policy priority for Arizona's officials. Please click here for more information and to register: https://act.alz.org/site/Calendar/1594539371?view=Detail&id=128977


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State Affairs Contact James Fitzpatrick | | [email protected]



Elected Officials

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Arizona

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 27,000 68,000 57,000 150,000
2025 34,000 96,000 69,000 200,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$414

MILLION

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

31.7%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$25,490

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


HOSPICE (2017)

7,229

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


18%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

89

Number of geriatricians in 2019


308%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,491

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


20.6%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


29.6%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

346 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



394 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$5.17 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

3,012 total deaths in Arizona
5th leading cause of death in Arizona
188% 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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