Massachusetts

MASSACHUSETTS 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Massachusetts State Plan Overview

In 2010, Governor Deval Patrick directed the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, to draft a state plan addressing Alzheimer's disease within the state. In response, these two agencies convened an Advisory Committee that included families and individuals impacted by the disease as well as representatives from state and local health and human services agencies, councils on aging, academia, public safety agencies, and professional caregiver associations. Gathering public input, the Advisory Committee published the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders State Plan in February 2012.



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 Daniel Zotos | 6173932011 | [email protected]



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Massachusetts

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 18,000 52,000 58,000 130,000
2025 21,000 68,000 61,000 150,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$1.696

BILLION

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

18.4%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$28,996

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


HOSPICE (2016)

6,763

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


23%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,504

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


22.5%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

340,000

Number of Caregivers

387,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$4,889,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$324,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

1,841

6th leading cause of death in Massachusetts

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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