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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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Kansas

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 7,400 22,000 24,000 54,000
2025 9,000 27,000 26,000 62,000

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 Kansas

For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.

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.