North Dakota

Congressional Profiles

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


Ensure Adequate Funding for Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP)

The North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP) has provided critical programs and services to residents across the state since 2010. Designed to improve disease management and increase family support to people living with dementia and their caregivers, services include personalized care consultation with trained and experienced staff, community education and physician outreach. This program has not seen an increase in funding since inception. We will request a budget increase for this program to ensure that it is adequately funded to serve North Dakota residents impacted by dementia.

Develop a North Dakota Alzheimer’s State Plan

In order to address the growing public health crisis related to Alzheimer’s and other dementia, North Dakota must assess the current and future impact of dementia on the residents of the state. Creating and implementing a North Dakota focused strategic plan will help ensure the 15,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and the 30,000 unpaid caregivers receive the help and support they need. The North Dakota Department of Health has initiated a project to design a robust Alzheimer’s State Plan. Working with this project team and other stakeholders, we will share the impacts of dementia on North Dakota and advance policy recommendations to improve the lives of all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

North Dakota State Plan Overview

In 2007, the North Dakota Legislature approved House Concurrent Resolution No. 3022 to study the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease within the state. The Dementia-Related Services - Background Memorandum was presented to the state's Long-Term Care Committee.


North Dakota State Advocacy Day

March 15, 2021

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for this innovative two-part advocacy series, providing the information, training and tools you need to urge North Dakota’s state legislators to support policies that will help those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Over the course of two days, we hold two 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 North Dakota

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 2,000 6,000 7,000 15,000
2025 2,000 7,000 7,000 16,000

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


30 Thousand

Number of Caregivers

35 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$454 Million

Total Value of Unpaid Care

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

356 total deaths in North Dakota
4th leading cause of death in North Dakota
10th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America

For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

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.