Kentucky

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KENTUCKY 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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. 



ADVOCACY EVENTS

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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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Kentucky

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
2020 13,000 34,000 27,000 75,000
2025 15,000 42,000 29,000 86,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$803

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)

18.2%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$24,991

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)


HOSPICE (2017)

2,895

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


15%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

34

Number of geriatricians in 2019


509%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,718

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


23.0%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


17.5%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

274 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



312 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$4.09 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

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.

U.S. Statistics

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.



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