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.



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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
2020 5,000 13,000 11,000 29,000
2025 6,000 17,000 13,000 35,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$212

MILLION

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

29.5%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$21,787

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


HOSPICE (2017)

1,494

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


19%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

37

Number of geriatricians in 2019


92%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,666

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


19.8%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


18.2%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

70 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



79 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$1.04 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

580 total deaths in Maine
6th leading cause of death in Maine

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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