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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.


Idaho State Advocacy Day

February 01, 2021

In 2021 Advocacy Day is going virtual! We are increasing opportunities to connect with legislators from the comfort of your home all week long. Please join us February 1st through the 5th for what will be an epic advocacy opportunity!

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State Affairs Contact Lisa Anderson | 208-206-0041 | [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Idaho

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 5,000 12,000 10,000 27,000
2025 5,000 16,000 12,000 33,000

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


87 Thousand

Number of Caregivers

99 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$1.3 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

666 total deaths in Idaho
6th leading cause of death in Idaho
154% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

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.