Arizona-Specific Data Is Key to Our Cognitive Health Future

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey (BRFSS) is a key component of our public health agenda as the data gathered will inform how Arizonans are impacted by cognitive decline and family caregiving responsibilities. SB1126 appropriates $160,000 from the state general fund in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the Arizona Department of Health Services for the purpose of funding the Caregiver and Cognitive Decline Modules in the BRFSS.

Empower Police Offices with Dementia Training

Police officers are critical to the safety of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. They frequently interact with individuals impacted with dementia in a variety of settings and are among the first to observe instances of abuse and neglect. Without proper training on how to recognize the signs of dementia and how to effectively communicate and interact with people with dementia, situations may escalate quickly with potentially dangerous consequences. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the Arizona Department of Public Safety and multiple police departments throughout the state to establish a practical curriculum police departments tools to train officers on techniques to engage individuals with dementia including specific behavior symptoms, effective communication strategies, protocols for contacting caregivers and available local resources.

Update the Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan

Today, numerous Arizona state agencies and community members administer a variety of programs critical to people living with dementia, including respite care, dementia education, and oversees adult day centers, assisted living, nursing home care, as well as licensing for health care professionals. However, these efforts are often siloed, with multiple organizations and state agencies working separately from one another. Arizona needs an updated State Alzheimer’s Plan bringing all of the key state officials and private-sector stakeholders together to outline a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s. Notably, Arizona must first conduct a needs assessment to better align policy actions with the needs of Arizonans with dementia, their families and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association will urge the Governor and state legislature to reignite a State Plan Committee as a first step in developing a new State Alzheimer’s Plan.

Continue the Commitment to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research In Arizona

More than 150,000 Arizonans are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple. With Alzheimer's costing the Arizona Medicaid Program over $400 million in 2020 (a figure expected to increase over 30% in 5 years), it is more urgent than ever that the state prioritize Alzheimer's research. The Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium is a leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer’s disease research. The Alzheimer’s Association will engage the Arizona Governor to ensure state funding is allocated to Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Arizona must continue its commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementia by continuing to dedicate $2 million in state funding for Alzheimer’s research in the upcoming fiscal years.

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.


Arizona State Advocacy Day

March 02, 2021

Arizona has the fastest growth rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the country. Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for the 5th Annual Arizona Alzheimer’s State Day virtual event. Join us for an exciting day of virtual advocacy urging Arizona’s state legislators to support people with dementia and their families. We will have a series of informative and engaging virtual events that will mix storytelling, advocacy training and direct engagement with your state government officials. And we will all wear purple to unify us in our virtual efforts!

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State Affairs Contact James Fitzpatrick | 6025280545 [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Arizona

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.


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Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Arizona

This number is projected to increase 33.3% 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.



Deaths from Alzheimer's in Arizona in 2019

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There has been a 192% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 5th leading cause of death in Arizona.

There were 1,532 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 30% higher than average.


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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 Arizona, there are 262,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 38 hours of unpaid care per week




per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia



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

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# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


# 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.
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