Louisiana

LOUISIANA 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Louisiana State Plan Overview

In 2008, the Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Alzheimer's Disease Task Force through the enactment of of Senate Concurrent Resolution 80 to study the impact of Alzheimer's within the state and make recommendations to meet the growing issues presented by the disease. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, care associations, long-term care providers, and community organizations as well as caregivers, state legislators, and individuals directly impacted by the disease. The Task Force presented their final report, The Impact of Alzheimer's Disease in Louisiana: A Report by the Alzheimer's Disease Task Force, to the Louisiana Legislature and Governor's Office in October 2009.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

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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State Affairs Contact MaryBeth Wilkerson | 2563664517 | [email protected]



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Louisiana

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 15,000 39,000 36,000 89,000
2025 18,000 49,000 40,000 110,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$740

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2019)

24.7%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$28,935

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2018 dollars)


HOSPICE (2016)

4,717

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


20%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,703

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.2%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

232,000

Number of Caregivers

264,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$3,335,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$164,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

2,188

6th leading cause of death in Louisiana
170% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

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.



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