New Hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE 2019 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

SB255 Dementia training for a capable and strong New Hampshire direct care workforce

The Alzheimer's Association believes a cornerstone of providing quality dementia care is dementia-specific training for professional care staff. Although a number of states have dementia-specific training requirements in statutes or regulations, many policies are out-of-date, lack competency standards and enforcement mechanisms. New Hampshire state government is well-positioned to direct the type of dementia care training providers receive and shape how broadly the long-term care industry embraces it. Strong state oversight ensures care providers and their supervisors receive and apply essential knowledge and information to succeed in their roles, which ultimately leads to consistent, quality care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias throughout New Hampshire.

Increase Access to Home and Community-Based Services

Ensure all NH families have access to robust home and community-based options for dementia care regardless of age or financial status

Grants for temporary respite and supplemental services are available through the NH Family Caregiver Support Program for eligible full time family caregivers who are personally providing unpaid care, full-time care to a frail individual who is 60 years of age or older. This program is so important and its purpose is to help prevent caregiver burnout, and delay or prevent nursing home placement. As the number of people in New Hampshire with dementia increases the need for this grant will only continue to grow. Ensuring its existence, and proper use is a priority for the Alzheimer's association.



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.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

New Hampshire State Advocacy Day

April 08, 2019

Join us in our beautiful state capital of Concord New Hampshire where you will be side by side with Alzheimer's advocates from around the state, wearing their purple and sharing their stories. We will be hosted by the Speaker of the House Representative Steve Shurtleff. We will be raising awareness for Alzheimer's Disease and be discussing our two very important pieces of legislation as SB119 and SB255 as they will have newly crossed over from the NH Senate and will be making their journey through the NH House of Representatives.


2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020 alz.org/forum

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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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in New Hampshire

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 4,200 11,000 10,000 25,000
2025 5,100 15,000 12,000 32,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$246

MILLION

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

34.6%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$22,623

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


HOSPICE (2016)

904

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


16%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,366

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


19.2%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

68,000

Number of Caregivers

77,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$974,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$59,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

436

6th leading cause of death in New Hampshire

For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.


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.



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