Mississippi

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MISSISSIPPI 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Dementia Caregivers by Developing a Dementia Respite Care Program

Over 207,000 Mississippians are providing unpaid care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia thus enabling a large portion of the 57,000 people living with dementia in Mississippi to live in the community, instead of moving into more costly residential long-term care. Respite care provides a much-needed break for family caregivers yet Mississippi currently has no dedicated respite care program for family caregivers of people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association supports forthcoming legislation to establish a dementia-specific respite care program in Mississippi to support family caregivers of people with dementia. Funds from this program can help provide occasional adult day care services or a personal care aide in the home a few times a month allowing the family caregiver to work, take care of their personal medical issues, complete tasks outside of the home, or simply take needed time off from the demands of caregiving.

Continue the Commitment to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research In Mississippi

More than 57,000 Mississippi residents are living with Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple. With Alzheimer's costing the Mississippi Medicaid Program over $606 million in 2020 (a figure expected to increase over 20% in 5 years), it is more urgent than ever that the state prioritize Alzheimer's research. The Alzheimer’s Association will urge the state legislature to ensure state funding is allocated to Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Mississippi must continue its commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementia by continuing to dedicate $3 million in state funding for Alzheimer’s research in the upcoming fiscal year.

Protect Residents In Long Term Care Settings by Mitigating the Risk of COVID-19 and Addressing Social Isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, and is creating pressing challenges for long-term care (LTC) communities and residents, where people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias represent a large proportion of LTC residents. There are also growing concerns that social isolation among people with dementia has contributed to individual decline and stress among family caregivers who cannot assess the health of their loved ones. To best support individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia during the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association has released a comprehensive set of long-term care policy recommendations for lawmakers focused on testing, reporting, surge activation, and providing support. The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to urge state policymakers to prioritize long-term care in the COVID-19 response.



Mississippi State Plan Overview

Mississippi's Strategic Plan to address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias is a project led by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, in collaboration with other stakeholders, public and private. The Strategic Plan was published in 2015 as an update to the original plan published in 2010. In January 2020, the next iteration of the state plan was published, The State of Mississippi, Strategic Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, 2020-2025.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Mississippi State Advocacy Day

March 17, 2020

Even during a pandemic, the fight to end Alzheimer’s continues! This year, the Mississippi Chapter will be hosting a virtual Advocacy Day on March 17th. During this event, advocates will have the opportunity to meet with state legislators to help keep Alzheimer’s top-of-mind. Join your fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for an exciting day of virtual advocacy urging Mississippi’s lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families by establishing a dementia-specific respite care program. Your story is important! Join us on March 17th in painting the Capitol purple! (Virtually, of course!)


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State Affairs Contact Loden Snell | 6014210276 | [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Mississippi

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 10,000 25,000 21,000 57,000
2025 12,000 30,000 23,000 65,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$606

MILLION

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

20.4%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$26,566

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


HOSPICE (2017)

3,547

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


20%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

25

Number of geriatricians in 2019


396%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,723

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


22.6%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


20.8%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

207 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



235 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$3.09 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

1,547 total deaths in Mississippi
6th leading cause of death in Mississippi
3rd highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
249% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

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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