North Dakota


Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Ensure Continued State Funding for North Dakota 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 to improve disease management and increase family support to people living with dementia and their caregivers. Services include care consultation, education and physician outreach. The Alzheimer's Association is advocating for continued funding for the DCSP.

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 18, 2019

Join us for North Dakota Alzheimer’s Rally Day at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Monday, March 18, 2019 9:30 a.m. Registration 10-11:15 a.m. Program 11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided) / Connect with Legislators 1:00 p.m. Legislative Floor Sessions - option to stay and watch proceedings During the program, you will learn about the North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP) and ask your legislators to support funding in the Human Services budget to continue these critical services. DSCP supports residents across the state who are living with or caring for people with dementia. In the afternoon, you’ll have an opportunity to observe the legislative floor sessions. Lunch will be provided to attendees. RSVP to [email protected] or call 701.258.4933. Please include your physical home address so that we can look up your legislators.

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020

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 Tina Lingen | 4806584969 | [email protected]

Elected Officials

Enter your address here to see your elected officials' positions on Alzheimer's and ways you can contact them to support the Alzheimer's community.

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
2019 1,800 5,500 7,200 14,000
2025 2,300 6,700 7,400 16,000

Percentage change from 2019




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


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



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

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


3rd leading cause of death in North Dakota
5th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America

For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

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.