North Dakota


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

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 2020. 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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