Massachusetts

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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.



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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
2020 19,000 54,000 58,000 130,000
2025 21,000 68,000 61,000 150,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$1,753

MILLION

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

15.9%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$30,535

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


HOSPICE (2017)

7,245

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


23%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

206

Number of geriatricians in 2019


68%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,618

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


24.3%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


18.6%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

340 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



387 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$5.08 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

1,823 total deaths in Massachusetts
6th leading cause of death in Massachusetts

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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