Connecticut

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CONNECTICUT 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Strengthen and Streamline Dementia Coordination Efforts in Connecticut

With an increasing number of Connecticut residents impacted by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, the need for active coordination at a state government level is critical to address a growing public health crisis. A state Dementia Services Coordinator is critical to mobilizing and coordinating resources within state agencies and with stakeholders to streamline efforts and help implement critical policy solutions.



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 11, 2020

Join us at the State Capitol in Hartford Wednesday March 11th and make your voice heard! https://alz.org/ct/events/2020-connecticut-state-advocacy-day


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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
2020 11,000 32,000 37,000 80,000
2025 11,000 40,000 39,000 91,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$1,022

MILLION

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

16.1%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$28,461

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


HOSPICE (2017)

2,380

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


15%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

99

Number of geriatricians in 2019


68%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,568

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


22.0%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


23.2%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

178 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



203 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$2.66 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

986 total deaths in Connecticut
6th leading cause of death in Connecticut

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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