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MINNESOTA 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Support Dementia Training for 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. Legislative action is needed to allocate resources for first responders to be trained in the recognition of individuals with Alzheimer's and the ability to secure the safety of abused and exploited people with dementia.

Increase Access to Home and Community-Based Services

Expand Access to Caregiver Resources

To ensure that people living with dementia can stay in their homes and stay active in their communities for as long as possible, it is important to support their unpaid caregivers as well. Programs like respite care, in-home services, adult day centers and transportation services can be critical to keeping someone in their home. We will work with stakeholders on legislation to provide additional funding for community support programs, which assist family caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias by providing respite for caregivers and social interaction for participants.



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.




ADVOCACY EVENTS

Minnesota State Advocacy Day

April 02, 2020

Based on the guidance from local public health agencies, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Minnesota Rally Day at the Minnesota Capitol will not be held as planned for April 2, 2020. We are evaluating our options for alternate means to continue to pursue our policy priorities through advocacy. Please stay tuned for more information as we develop these plans.


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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

$905

MILLION

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

20.1%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$22,830

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


HOSPICE (2017)

5,399

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


21%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

93

Number of geriatricians in 2019


190%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,448

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.0%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


32.6%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

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.



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