New Hampshire

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NEW HAMPSHIRE 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

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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State Affairs Contact Dan Zotos | 6173932011 | [email protected]



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
2020 4,000 11,000 10,000 26,000
2025 5,000 15,000 12,000 32,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$254

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)

31.9%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$25,147

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)


HOSPICE (2017)

1,007

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


17%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

30

Number of geriatricians in 2019


140%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,509

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.6%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


27.1%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

68 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



78 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$1.02 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

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.

U.S. Statistics

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.



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