Connecticut

CONNECTICUT 2019 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Update the Connecticut Alzheimer's State Plan

The growing number of Connecticut residents who are impacted by Alzheimer's disease warrants the need to review and update our state plan recommendations, completed in 2013. The Alzheimer's Association plans to introduce legislation during the 2019 session to authorize the update of the existing plan.



Connecticut State Plan Overview

In 2013, Connecticut's legislature passed Special Act 13-11, creating the state's Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. The Task Force met six times between September and December of 2013 and published a list of recommendations in December 2013 in the Report of the Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. The state plan focuses on short-term goals meant be completed over the course of three to five years.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Connecticut State Advocacy Day

March 13, 2019

Join the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter for our annual Advocacy Day Wednesday March 13th, 2019 at the State Capitol in Hartford. Registration opens at 9:00am and our program will start at 9:30am. Come and make your voice heard with our lawmakers! REGISTER HERE: http://tinyurl.com/y39ldd6x


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 Christy Kovel | 8609138279 | [email protected]



Elected Officials

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Connecticut

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 10,000 31,000 36,000 78,000
2025 11,000 40,000 39,000 91,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$962

MILLION

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

21.9%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$27,290

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


HOSPICE (2016)

2,356

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


16%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,483

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.2%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

178,000

Number of Caregivers

202,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$2,559,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$158,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

1,077

6th leading cause of death in Connecticut

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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