District of Columbia

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 2019 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

District of Columbia State Plan Overview

In 2012 the District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA) established a workgroup of community partners and stakeholders throughout the District to develop an Alzheimer's plan. In 2013, the District of Columbia State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease 2014-2019 was published to mitigate the effects of Alzheimer's disease and improve access to benefits for those affected within the District.



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 Sadaf Ahmad | 703-766-9027 | [email protected]



Elected Officials

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in District of Columbia

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 1,400 3,800 3,700 8,900
2025 1,300 4,100 3,600 9,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$122

MILLION

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

9.0%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$30,291

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


HOSPICE (2016)

226

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


17%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,737

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


25.2%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

29,000

Number of Caregivers

33,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$415,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$31,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

125

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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