Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce
Improve Training Requirements For Long Term Care Providers
Ensure that individuals employed in the delivery of care across the care continuum are properly trained in dementia care so that people with Alzheimer's receive quality care from knowledgeable professionals. Recommend - Four hours of in-person training and four hours of mentorship for all staff of long term care providers which include skilled care, assisted living, residential care, adult day care and hospice.
Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce
Implement a Statewide Training Program for all first responders and law enforcement agencies
Law enforcement and first responder personnel are critical to the safety and health of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia in the community. Dangerous situations may occur as the individual with Alzheimer's disease experiences diminishing logic and problem-solving skills. Recommend - Program should include basic disease overview, possible situations which may occur, how to identify a person with the disease, how to respond appropriately to the person with the disease.
Increase Access to Home and Community-Based Services
Expand Adult Day Programs
Far too often caregivers become more isolated while caregiving for the person with Alzheimer's disease. This results in caregiver fatigue, the sacrifice of personal health and depression. There is a growing need to create interventions which will support the Alzheimer's disease caregiver. Kansas Caregiver Data: • Number of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers: 151,000 • Hours of unpaid care provided: 172,000,000 • Value of unpaid care: $2,173,000,000 • Higher health care costs of caregivers: $101,000,000 Recommend – Establish an innovative pilot program which will expand adult day programs for individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementia in all Kansas counties. These innovative programs could include night support, the arts, exercise groups and intergenerational groups.
Kansas State Plan Overview
Kansas State Advocacy Day
February 11, 2019
Help us make Alzheimer's disease a priority in Kansas! Meet one-on-one with your state legislators to tell them why those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia need better access to facilities with well-trained professionals offering quality care and support. Join us as we turn the capitol purple and make a difference! February 11, 2019 9 am to 4 pm Capitol Visitors Center Auditorium, Room 4-N, Kansas State Capitol, Topeka, KS Lunch will be provided.
2020 Advocacy Forum
March 22-24, 2020 alz.org/forum
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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Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age
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)
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
Number of Caregivers
Total Hours of Unpaid Care
Total Value of Unpaid Care
Higher Health Costs of Caregivers
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For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.
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.