North Dakota


Ensure State Programs Offer Dementia-Specific Services

The North Dakota State Alzheimer’s Plan identified the need to ensure access to appropriate home and community-based services (HCBS) for people living with dementia and support for informal caregivers. Access to HCBS helps allow individuals with dementia to stay in their homes and be active in their communities longer, improve their quality of life, and reduce costs to families as well as the state. The Alzheimer’s Association will seek to modernize state programs to include key dementia-specific services such as assistive technology, behavioral supports, home modifications, and transportation to help families to afford to care for a person living with dementia at home.

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

June 16, 2022

Join fellow Alzheimer's advocates at the State Capitol in Bismarck to learn about our policy priorities, to hear from our champions in the State Legislature, and to learn how to talk with your elected officials about the impacts of dementia on you, your family and your community. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials.

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State Affairs Contact Melanie Gaebe | 7017070922 mm[email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in North Dakota

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer's Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's health care system.


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Individuals living with Alzheimer's in North Dakota

This number is projected to increase 6.7% between 2020 and 2025.

Nationally, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to more than double by 2050.



Deaths from Alzheimer's in North Dakota in 2019

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Alzheimer's is the 3rd leading cause of death in North Dakota.

There were 74 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 12% higher than average.


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Value of unpaid care work

Hours of unpaid care

Nationally, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care in 2021. In North Dakota, there are 19,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 29 hours of unpaid care per week




per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia



Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals


# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


# of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia

People with Alzheimer's disease have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Nationally, emergency department visits for those with dementia have increased nearly 30% over the past decade.

The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report contains data on the impact of Alzheimer's on the nation and in every state across the country.
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