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North Carolina State Plan Overview

In 2014 language was included in North Carolina's budget bill, Senate Bill 744, calling for the development of a state Alzheimer's plan. In March 2015, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine convened a Task Force to develop an Alzheimer's disease strategic plan at the direction of the state department of health. The Task Force was comprised of health care providers, advocates, and other stakeholders who worked together to determine the needs of those with Alzheimer's and other dementias in the state. Dementia-Capable North Carolina: A Strategic Plan for Addressing Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias was published in March 2016.



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in North Carolina

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 31,000 79,000 69,000 180,000
2025 35,000 100,000 77,000 210,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$1,332

MILLION

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

22.2%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$23,226

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


HOSPICE (2017)

8,486

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


17%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

159

Number of geriatricians in 2019


236%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,699

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.5%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


22.7%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

479 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



545 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$7.15 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

4,495 total deaths in North Carolina
6th leading cause of death in North Carolina
161% 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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