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Establish a Permanent Dementia Coordinator Position in Indiana
Indiana needs an advocate within state government to coordinate necessary state services for people living with and impacted by Alzheimer’s and all dementia. This dementia coordinator position would also take the lead in developing an Indiana Alzheimer’s State Plan. With 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s and over 300,000 caregivers providing needed care to these vulnerable residents, we need to ensure state government fully represents and serves all those impacted by this disease.
Empower First Responders with Dementia Training
First responders are on the front lines of protecting and caring for all people, including those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Interactions with first responders often occur during stressful times, making it even more important that these critical workers have the skills and experience to be able to effectively communicate with and serve this vulnerable population. The Alzheimer’s Association is collaborating with allied organizations to ensure that first responders have a basic level of training on Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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 01, 2021
Join our Indiana Advocacy Summit! This virtual event organizes, trains and connects Alzheimer's advocates with their state legislators, compelling our leaders to engage in the fight to make Indiana dementia capable. In memory of those we've lost and in honor of those currently living with the disease, join us and help push Alzheimer's Association-backed legislation to better the lives of individuals, families, caregivers and communities in Indiana impacted by Alzheimer's disease. All you need is passion - no experience required! The Summit will begin on Monday evening with a virtual opening ceremony. During the week, we will have virtual meetings with our state legislators. The Summit will conclude on Friday with a virtual thank you celebration.
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State Affairs Contact Samantha Bresnahan | | [email protected]
Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age
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)
of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia
of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia
dementia patient hospital readmission rate
increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007
Number of Caregivers
Total Hours of Unpaid Care
Total Value of Unpaid Care
|2,668||total deaths in Indiana|
|6th||leading cause of death in Indiana|
For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.
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.