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Increase Penalities for Elder Abuse

• Introduce legislation to increase penalties, both criminal and civil, for those who assault, steal or commit fraud against older individuals. The legislation will also require the Attorney General to provide written procedures for prosecuting attorneys to follow when prosecuting crimes against the elderly. (This is similar to SF 2341, which unanimously passed the Senate in 2020, but did not move forward in the House as the pandemic interfered with its passage.)

Iowa State Plan Overview

In 2007, the Iowa Legislature established a task force through the enactment of Senate File 489 to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease on residents, examine the existing resource available, and develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to the growing threat of Alzheimer's disease. The task force included representatives from the long-term care industry, community organizations, and state agencies as well as state legislators, caregivers, and individuals directly impacted by Alzheimer's. After collecting testimony from advocacy groups and individuals to inform the plan's recommendations, the task force published the Final Report: Alzheimer's Disease Task Force in January 2008.


Iowa State Advocacy Day

February 08, 2021

Join us for Alzheimer's Advocacy Week as we kick off our week on Monday, February 8th with a virtual training at 12:00 noon. Receive updates on our legislative "asks", learn how to engage with your legislators and report your results. Connect with your legislators with activities during the week and share during a wrap up meeting on Thursday, February 11th at 12:00 noon.

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State Affairs Contact Robyn Mills | 515-314-3010 | [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Iowa

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 9,000 26,000 31,000 66,000
2025 10,000 31,000 33,000 73,000

Percentage change from 2020




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


change in costs from 2020 to 2025



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

HOSPICE (2017)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia



Number of geriatricians in 2019


increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate


increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007


136 Thousand

Number of Caregivers

155 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$2.04 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

1,439 total deaths in Iowa
6th leading cause of death in Iowa

For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

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.