Colorado

COLORADO 2019 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Colorado State Plan Overview

The Colorado Alzheimer's Coordinating Council (CACC) was authorized by the Colorado State Legislature in 2008 with the passage of Senate Bill 08-058. Members included representatives from state agencies, the state legislature, care providers, family caregivers, persons living with the disease, and the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Tasked with creating a state plan on Alzheimer's, the CACC focused on Colorado's current public and private capacity to address Alzheimer's, identify service and support gaps, and make recommendations to improve the care of those living with the disease, their caregivers, and their families. The Colorado State Alzheimer Disease Plan: A Roadmap for Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving and Family Support Policies was published in November 2010.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

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 Rachael Minore | 6164817589 | [email protected]



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Colorado

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 12,000 31,000 30,000 73,000
2025 14,000 43,000 35,000 92,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$596

MILLION

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

30.9%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$21,840

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


HOSPICE (2016)

3,056

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


15%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,383

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


16.9%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

252,000

Number of Caregivers

287,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$3,631,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$155,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

1,830

6th leading cause of death in Colorado
157% 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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