Colorado

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COLORADO 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Equip Colorado with a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia have unique needs that often make care delivery, communication and interaction more challenging and demanding. Direct care workers in long-term care settings, in-home services and adult day settings often do not have sufficient dementia-specific knowledge to effectively support those living with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state legislators to support legislation to ensure all direct care workers receive dementia-specific training following a culturally competent training curriculum that incorporates the principles of person-centered care to best address the needs of care recipients with dementia.

Maintain Funding for Critical Home and Community Based Services

Medicaid expenditures in Colorado for people with dementia are expected to increase 24% over the next five years. Much of that expense is associated with costly residential long-term care. Increasing access to home & community based services (HCBS) can delay admission into a LTC setting. Services such as home delivered- meals, personal emergency response systems and adult day health programs help support family caregivers. In 2019 alone, 256,000 dementia caregivers provided over 292 million hours of unpaid care. The Alzheimer’s Association urges state policymakers to protect existing funds for HCBS which are critical for people with dementia. While the upcoming budget will be tight, it is critical that legislators protect HCBS programs from cuts.



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

Colorado State Advocacy Day

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for an exciting virtual advocacy day urging Colorado’s state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. We will have a series of informative and engaging virtual events with state government leaders to highlight the urgent need for dementia training for direct care workers and to maintain ongoing funding for key services and supports. Our advocacy day will mix storytelling, advocacy training and direct engagement with your state government representatives. And we will all wear purple to unify us in our virtual efforts!


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State Affairs Contact Coral Cosway | 720-699-9276 | [email protected]



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
2020 13,000 32,000 31,000 76,000
2025 14,000 43,000 35,000 92,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$635

MILLION

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

24.1%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$23,060

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


HOSPICE (2017)

3,254

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


15%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

89

Number of geriatricians in 2019


225%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,437

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


18.3%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


24.0%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

256 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



292 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$3.83 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

1,649 total deaths in Colorado
6th leading cause of death in Colorado

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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