Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Support HB 1351 to Establish the Indiana Dementia Council, Update State Plan

Since 2007, almost every state has developed a State Alzheimer's Disease Plan to address the growing economic and social impact of Alzheimer's disease. These comprehensive plans identify critical issues, recommend solutions, and create implementation steps to guide a state's transition into a dementia-capable state. With Indiana's previous state Alzheimer's plan now expired, the Alzheimer's Association supported the introduction of House Bill 1351, establishing the Indiana Dementia Council and requiring the Indiana Department of Health to develop and implement a strategic plan concerning dementia in Indiana. This plan will serve as a comprehensive approach to: • Promote awareness of Alzheimer's disease, including the benefits of early detection and diagnosis, warning signs, risk factors, and the importance of Annual Wellness visits; • Build a dementia-capable workforce in Indiana; • Increase access to home and community based services; • Enhance quality of care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias; • Reduce health disparities; and • Make recommendations for policies and actions needed to implement the findings of the plan. Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment to understand the current needs of the thousands of individuals and families living with dementia in Indiana is the first step towards making Indiana a dementia-capable state.

Indiana State Plan Overview

In July 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed the Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease, tasked with developing Indiana's plan to address Alzheimer's disease.  The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, non-profit organizations, care provider agencies as well as state legislators, researchers, issue experts, caregivers, and health care providers. After reviewing the concerns and suggestions expressed during public input sessions, the Task Force published the Indiana Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 2013-2017 in 2013.


Indiana State Advocacy Day

February 13, 2019

The Alzheimer's Association is hosting Indiana's State Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at the Indiana State House. Help Indiana move toward becoming a more dementia-capable state by attending and letting your state legislators know the importance of addressing this public health crisis now! Hear from state leaders, learn about current policy proposals, and meet with your state legislators. Show your support and register for your free ticket. For more information, and to secure your seat, please visit today!

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020

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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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Indiana

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 17,000 48,000 47,000 110,000
2025 20,000 60,000 50,000 130,000

Percentage change from 2019




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


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



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

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


6th leading cause of death in Indiana

For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

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.