Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis
Support Dementia Education for Clinicians
With 73,000 Kentuckians living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, it is critical that those healthcare professionals “on the front lines” are equipped to care for these Kentuckians. A family doctor, primary care physician or nurse are often the first person an individual with concerns over memory loss and cognition will turn to. Ensuring that our doctors and nurses have access to dementia specific continuing education will prepare them to detect, diagnosis and create a care plan for these individuals.
Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce
Implement the Dementia Workforce Assessment Work Group Recommendations
Kentucky currently ranks 50th in the nation when it comes to having a long-term care services and supports infrastructure. This ranking, and the state's low rankings with affordability, access, choice of setting and quality of life, are affecting the senior citizens of this commonwealth, especially those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It is also affecting our ability to keep qualified healthcare workers in the state and recruit new workers. It is critical that policy makers and industry leaders work together to address this important workforce issue by continuing to study the direct-care talent development pipeline, exploring innovative options for on-the-job-training and ways in which we can support direct-care workers through scholarships or tuition reimbursement.
Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce
Support Dementia-Specific Training for Home Health Aides
For a Kentuckian with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, staying in the home as long as possible is often the most comfortable and most cost effective place to receive care. As such, to provide this care, many family members turn to home health aides to provide the daily care needed for their loved ones. Providing care to patients in this intimate setting makes it imperative that our direct-care workers receive competency-based dementia-specific training, ensuring the safest environment for themselves and those that they care for.
Kentucky State Plan Overview
The Kentucky Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council was established through legislation that was enacted during the 2000 legislative session. In 2007, the Commonwealth of Kentucky enacted Senate Joint Resolution 6, which directed the Kentucky Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council to create a comprehensive strategy to respond to the growing Alzheimer's crisis within the state. Appointed by the governor, the Council includes representatives from state agencies, local health departments, academia, and the medical research community as well as consumers and caregivers. The Council formed a wider work group to research and draft the State Plan. In January 2008, the Council published Setting a Roadmap to Address Alzheimer's in the Commonwealth: A Report of the Current and Anticipated Future Impact of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias on Kentuckians with Recommendations for Action. This plan was updated in 2017 and includes updated and new recommendations for combating Alzheimer's and dementia in Kentucky.
Kentucky State Advocacy Day
March 10, 2020
Join us in Frankfort for our annual Alzheimer’s State Advocacy Day! Come to Frankfort to learn about the legislative process and use YOUR voice to advocate on policy and legislation that impacts people living with dementia and their caregivers. Some of us are Kentucky Blue, some are Cardinal Red, but together we make purple when we join forces to fight Alzheimer’s. So come together and help us #ENDALZ in Kentucky! Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/wvo52tj
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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
|1,674||total deaths in Kentucky|
|6th||leading cause of death in Kentucky|
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.