Montana

MONTANA 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Montana State Plan Overview

In June 2014 the Montana Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia Work Group was established as a grassroots collaboration with funding provided by a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Improving the Lives of Alzheimer's Patients and Their Caregivers: A Patient-Centered Statewide Approach. The Work Group is a statewide partnership consisting of several key national, state, and local partners interested in improving care and support to Montanans with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias, their families, and caregivers. The Work Group consists of over 40 members representing multiple industries or stakeholder groups including the Alzheimer's Association, the Senior and Long-term Care Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Governor's Office, other government agencies, patient advocacy groups, patient advocates (caregivers), Assisted Living/Long-Term Care facilities, senior services groups, regional healthcare organizations and providers, the Veteran's Administration, educators, researchers, legislators, Montana's Native American population, and the LGBT community. In December 2016 the Work Group published Montana's Alzheimer's and Dementia State Plan: Addressing the Current and Future Needs of Individuals and Families with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias.



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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State Affairs Contact Hannah VanHoose | 4067990801 | [email protected]



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Montana

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 3,300 8,900 8,800 21,000
2025 4,200 12,000 10,000 27,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$157

MILLION

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

27.7%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$17,455

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


HOSPICE (2016)

580

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


13%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,230

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


16.3%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

50,000

Number of Caregivers

57,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$723,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$37,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

285

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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