Louisiana

LOUISIANA 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support the Creation of an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Council

In Louisiana, there are 92,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s and over 200,000 Louisianans providing unpaid care to a loved one with dementia. However, the state’s response to Alzheimer’s is often fragmented. To help facilitate interagency planning and to ensure the voice of external stakeholders such as advocates, care providers, and family caregivers are heard, the Alzheimer’s Association will be working with the Louisiana Department of Health's Well Ahead Program to create an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Council. Most importantly, the Council will be responsible for updating the Alzheimer's State Plan to outline a clear and unified response to this public health crisis.



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 11, 2022

Use your voice to advocate for the more than 90,000 people in Louisiana living with Alzheimer's and their families. This year we will be asking lawmakers to create an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Council. Advocates will come together to hear from state leaders, understand the Alzheimer’s Association’s leading asks during the legislative session and meet with state legislators to share their story and urge support of these critical priorities. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials. Stay tuned for more details!


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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 2021. In Louisiana, there are 203,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 30 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$30,786

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.