Idaho Needs a State Dementia Coordinator

In Idaho, numerous state agencies administer a variety of programs critical to people living with dementia. However, these efforts are often siloed, with multiple state agencies working separately from one another. These issues were detailed in a December 2020 report by the Idaho Legislature’s Office of Performance and Evaluation (OPE). To address these issues, OPE calls for the state to act promptly to address Alzheimer’s through establishing a dementia coordinator position and a permanent Alzheimer’s oversight entity. A state dementia coordinator would provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association joins OPE in their recommendations that the Idaho State Legislature must take the necessary steps to establish a system-wide oversight entity and to create a permanent position to oversee and update the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Idaho State Plan Overview

In 2012, the Idaho Legislature established the Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group through passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 112. Tasked with determining how the state could best assist individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease, the Planning Group included representatives from state agencies, advocacy agencies, academia, and community organizations as well as researchers, caregivers, individuals affected by Alzheimer's, and the Governor. After conducting a year-long state assessment and soliciting input from community stakeholders and the public-at-large, the Planning Group released A State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Addressing the Needs of Idahoans with ADRD, Their Caregivers, and Family Members in March 2013. The Idaho legislature endorsed the statewide plan with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 34 in 2013.


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February 01, 2021

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Idaho

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer's Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's health care system.


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Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Idaho

This number is projected to increase 22.2% between 2020 and 2025.

Nationally, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to more than double by 2050.



Deaths from Alzheimer's in Idaho in 2019

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There has been a 148% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Idaho.

There were 261 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 20% higher than average.


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Value of unpaid care work

Hours of unpaid care

Nationally, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care in 2020. In Idaho, there are 40,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 23 hours of unpaid care per week




per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia



Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals


# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


# of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia

People with Alzheimer's disease have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Nationally, emergency department visits for those with dementia have increased nearly 30% over the past decade.

The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report contains data on the impact of Alzheimer's on the nation and in every state across the country.
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