Update the Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan

Today, numerous Arizona state agencies administer a variety of programs critical to people living with dementia, including Medicaid, adult protective services, and health professional and facility licensure. However, these efforts are often siloed, with multiple 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. The existing Arizona Alzheimer's State Plan was published in 2015 but implementation has lagged. The Alzheimer’s Association will urge the legislature to approve legislation to create a permanent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Council and require an updated state plan every four years.

Establish a Full-Time Dementia Coordinator Position in Arizona

In three years, the number of Arizonans living with Alzheimer's disease is projected to increase by over 33% - the fastest rate of growth in the country. While the state released the Arizona Alzheimer's State Plan in 2015, implementation has lagged. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to establish a Dementia Services Coordinator position within the Arizona Department of Health (AZDHS). This position would ensure coordination of Alzheimer’s programs and policies across state agencies by overseeing the implementation and updating of the State Alzheimer’s Plan, coordinating dementia work groups and task forces, identifying service gaps within the state government, and more.

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

February 23, 2022

Join Advocates from across Arizona on February 23rd for the 6th Annual Arizona Alzheimer's State Day at the Arizona Capitol. The Alzheimer's Association welcomes Arizonans to participate in an exciting day of virtual advocacy, urging state legislators to support ongoing dementia-related legislation benefiting those living with dementia and their caregivers.

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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 2021. In Arizona, there are 257,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 37 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

Hospice and Hospitals


# 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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