Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis
Establish an Operational Plan for Dementia in Every Hospital
New Hampshire's hospitals need to have a patient-centered operational plan in place for how to engage people with dementia in acute care settings. The hospital setting can be difficult and over stimulating for people with dementia, and tough for their caregivers to navigate. Communication and education for staff in all departments of a hospital and the establishment of a dementia track for individuals who have Alzheimer's or other dementias will create positive outcomes for all involved.
Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce
Ensure Competency-Based Dementia Training Standards
Dementia-specific training for professional direct care providers must be a priority, to meet the needs in the fastest growing area of healthcare in the state. Last session the legislature enacted legislation that requires the implementation of dementia training standards. This year it is critical that we ensure that the proper roll out of these important. person-centered dementia training requirements remain in place, to support the growing need for dementia care in facilities and home and community-based services throughought New Hampshire.
Increase Access to Home and Community-Based Services
Support Funding for New Hampshire's Alzheimer's Respite Grant
The Alzheimer's Respite Grant helps New Hampshire's family caregivers connect to resources available to them and provides financial assistance to pay for much needed help to care for their loved ones living with dementia, including those with younger-onset Alzheimer's and those who exhibit symptoms but lack an official diagnosis.
New Hampshire State Plan Overview
In March 2014, New Hampshire's legislature established a Subcommittee on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia through passage of HB 1572-FN. The Subcommittee includes representatives from care provider organizations, state agency officials, law enforcement officials, state legislators, caregivers, and other individuals impacted by Alzheimer's. New Hampshire Alzheimer's disease & Related Dementias Sub-Committee Recommendations was published in 2013 and updated in 2015.
New Hampshire State Advocacy Day
March 11, 2020
Join us for New Hampshire's State Advocacy Day to let your elected officials know that the Dementia Direct Care Workforce Training requirements must stay law to ensure person-centered care for all people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Let your legislators know how important respite is for caregivers and how they can help meet that need in our communities. DATE TO BE CONFIRMED - please check back for updates!
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Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age
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)
of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia
of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia
dementia patient hospital readmission rate
increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007
Number of Caregivers
Total Hours of Unpaid Care
Total Value of Unpaid Care
|487||total deaths in New Hampshire|
|6th||leading cause of death in New Hampshire|
For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.
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.