Maine

MAINE 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Maine State Plan Overview

In June 2011, Maine's legislature commissioned a state task force with the enactment of LD 859, calling for a study of the impact of Alzheimer's disease and the creation of a guide to help the state meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by this disease. The task force included representatives from elder law, community organizations, state agencies, academia, and law enforcement as well as caregivers, individuals living with the disease, state legislators, and health care providers. After soliciting public feedback, the task force published the State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Maine in June 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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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Maine

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 4,700 12,000 11,000 28,000
2025 5,600 17,000 13,000 35,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$205

MILLION

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

32.6%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$19,827

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


HOSPICE (2016)

1,405

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


19%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,574

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


17.9%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

69,000

Number of Caregivers

79,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$998,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$60,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

601

6th leading cause of death in Maine

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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