Louisiana

LOUISIANA 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Implementation and Updates to the State Alzheimer’s Plan

Louisiana published a State Alzheimer’s Plan after discussions with multiple stakeholders to outline how the state can address Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state leaders to continue to prioritize regular updates and implementation to the State Alzheimer’s Plan to support people with dementia and their family caregiver. Louisiana must focus on addressing Alzheimer’s as a public health crisis; building a dementia capable workforce; increasing access to home and community-based services; and improving the quality of care in residential settings.

Prioritize Long-Term Care in the Response to COVID-19

The pandemic has exposed gaps in the provision of long-term care (LTC) in Louisiana. As the state continues its response, the Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to prioritize LTC, focusing on testing; reporting; surge activation; and providing support. This includes providing LTC communities with access to rapid testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) so residents and their families can safely reunite, as well as ensuring that outbreaks are reported and that long-term care is included in the state’s emergency preparedness and response plans.



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

Louisiana State Advocacy Day

May 10, 2021

Use your voice to support people with Alzheimer’s and urge state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. While more information on Advocacy Day will be coming soon, make sure to sign up to be an advocate and receive information on future state advocacy opportunities! https://alzimpact.org/volunteer


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State Affairs Contact MaryBeth Wilkerson | [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Louisiana

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer's Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's health care system.


Prevalence



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92,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Louisiana


This number is projected to increase 19.6% between 2020 and 2025.

Nationally, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to more than double by 2050.

Mortality


2,165

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Louisiana in 2019

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There has been a 167% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 5th leading cause of death in Louisiana.

There were 950 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 27% higher than average.


Caregiving



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Value of unpaid care work

Hours of unpaid care


Nationally, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care in 2020. In Louisiana, there are 204,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 30 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$30,452

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$765,000,000

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals



4,786

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,710

# of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


People with Alzheimer's disease have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Nationally, emergency department visits for those with dementia have increased nearly 30% over the past decade.


The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report contains data on the impact of Alzheimer's on the nation and in every state across the country.
Visit alz.org/facts to view the full report.