Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Support Early Detection and Diagnosis

Most people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are not aware of their diagnosis, and only about half of those with Alzheimer's have been diagnosed. Diagnosis — and disclosure of that diagnosis — is necessary for care planning, which is critical to improving outcomes for the individual. State officials must work to educate health care providers and the public about the importance of early detection and diagnosis, and improve access to and awareness of resources

Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Require Dementia Training for Residential Service Agency Care Providers

A cornerstone of providing quality dementia care is to ensure that all professional care staff involved in the delivery of care to people with dementia receive dementia-specific training. Dementia-specific training is essential to ensure a better skilled and more capable workforce to care for those with Alzheimer's. This session we are supporting the introduction of legislation that requires dementia-specific, competency-based training for residential services agency care providers.

Maryland State Plan Overview

In 2011, Governor Martin O'Malley established the Virginia I. Jones Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders through executive order 01.01.2011.21.  The Commission was charged with evaluating the reach of the Alzheimer's disease within the state and make recommendations to address and meet the needs of families impacted by this disease. The Commission included representatives from state agencies, hospital systems, community organizations, and law as well as caregivers, state legislators, individuals directly impacted by Alzheimer's, and health care providers. The Commission published the Maryland State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders in December 2012.

In October 2013, the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council was authorized to continue the work of the Maryland Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission (Chapter 305, Acts of 2013). The Council's charge includes developing and monitoring the 2012 Maryland State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders devised by the Commission. In reviewing State statutes, policies, and programs, the Council is to improve and enhance quality of life and support, and services for individuals living with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, and their families, by promoting and expanding the availability and accessibility of home- and community-based support and service programs. Originally to report by September 30, 2016, authorization for the Council was extended to September 30, 2019, and three members were added to the Council (Chapter 75, Acts of 2016).


Maryland State Advocacy Day

January 30, 2020

Join us for the Alzheimer's Association State Advocacy Day! Please join us in Annapolis to advocate for state policy priorities that will help find Alzheimer’s first survivor. Click here for additional information and to register!

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020

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 Eric Colchamiro | 2023656612 | [email protected]

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Maryland

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 48,000 44,000 110,000
2025 20,000 63,000 51,000 130,000

Percentage change from 2019




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


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



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

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

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.