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The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.


Provide Dementia Training for Minnesota’s First Responders

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters have frequent interactions with individuals who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias in a variety of settings and often in crisis situations. Many of these professionals have little or no formal training to prepare them for the unique physical, behavioral, and communication issues related to dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association will build on progress from last session and continue to urge legislators to empower first responders with dementia-specific training on the recognition of individuals with cognitive impairment and the ability to secure the safety of abused and exploited individuals with dementia.

Create Alzheimer’s Public Awareness Campaign

Early detection of dementia and Alzheimer’s means individuals receive better medical care and health outcomes and can plan for future needs, secure medical desires and make their wishes known. Research suggests that a large number of people living with Alzheimer’s are not properly diagnosed and many are unaware of their diagnosis. Additionally, there is evidence that African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos with dementia are less likely to have a diagnosis than whites, even though they are 1.5- 2 times more likely to have the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association supports forthcoming legislation that directs the Minnesota Department of Health to develop a focused public awareness campaign with culturally-specific messages about the importance of early detection and diagnosis, awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, and discussing cognition with a health provider.

Minnesota State Plan Overview

In 2017 the Minnesota Legislature (2017 Session Law) called on the Minnesota Board on Aging to reconvene the Alzheimer's Disease Working Group (ADWG) to review and revise the 2011 report, Preparing Minnesota for Alzheimer's: the Budgetary, Social and Personal Impacts. The ADWG was appointed in late 2017 and met throughout 2018. Like the first work group created in 2009 when the Minnesota Legislature first charged the Minnesota Board on Aging to create a plan, this working group made recommendations for policies and programs that would prepare Minnesota for the future. The 2018 work group was led by a Minnesotan who is living with mild cognitive impairment and included health care providers, family caregivers, researchers, representatives from state and local health and human services agencies. The ADWG gathered expert research and background information and solicited input from the general public. The Alzheimer's Disease Working Group Legislative Report was published in January 2019 and presented to the Minnesota Legislature.


Minnesota State Advocacy Day

March 02, 2021

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for this innovative advocacy series, providing the information, training and tools you need to urge Minnesota’s state legislators to support policies that will help those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Over the course of several days, we will release a series of videos and hold live events to prepare you with information and training to help us advance our policy agenda. We will also provide you with tools and opportunities to connect with state government leaders on priority policy issues. While we can’t be in-person at the Capitol together, we can still make our voices heard as critical decisions are made by lawmakers.

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State Affairs Contact Beth McMullen | 6122033530 | [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Minnesota

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 14,000 41,000 44,000 99,000
2025 17,000 51,000 48,000 120,000

Percentage change from 2020




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


change in costs from 2020 to 2025



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

HOSPICE (2017)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia



Number of geriatricians in 2019


increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate


increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007


257 Thousand

Number of Caregivers

293 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$3.84 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

2,436 total deaths in Minnesota
4th leading cause of death in Minnesota

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.