New Jersey

NEW JERSEY 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Increase Public and Health Care Provider Awareness Around Alzheimer’s Disease

Currently, only 50% of those living with Alzheimer's disease receive a formal diagnosis. This needs to change. Educating clinicians, public health professionals and the public on the early warning signs of Alzheimer's and other dementias and the importance of a timely diagnosis is the first step in ensuring that anyone diagnosed with this disease can benefit from future treatments, care planning and clinical trials. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging legislators to support legislation (A2632) to prioritize Alzheimer’s into public health campaigns to increase education among the public and health care providers on the benefits of early detection and diagnosis, risk reduction, and care planning.

Empower Adult Protective Services Workers with Dementia-Training

Adult Protective Services (APS) workers are on the front lines of protecting older adults from exploitation and harm. Many of the adults they are charged to protect are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and it is critical that these workers have the training to understand how to best serve this population. That’s why the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation (A-4444) to ensure all APS workers be trained regarding dementia, communication with individuals, and spotting cases of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.



New Jersey State Plan Overview

In June 2011, the New Jersey Alzheimer's Disease Study Commission was established with the enactment of Senate Bill 125 to study the current and future impact and incidence of Alzheimer's disease within the state. The Commission was tasked with making recommendations for improving, expanding, and improving services within the state to meet the needs of those affected by Alzheimer's and included representatives from state agencies, direct service providers, long-term care providers, community organizations, and the faith communities as well as state legislators, caregivers, and those living with the disease. The New Jersey Alzheimer's Disease Study Commission Report was published in August 2016.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

New Jersey State Advocacy Day

June 10, 2021

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates and make your voice heard in urging New Jersey legislators to support people with dementia and their families. We are planning informative and engaging events with state government leaders in June to highlight the urgent need for increased public awareness and dementia training for Adult Protective Services workers. More information will be released soon.


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State Affairs Contact Karen Golden | 973-437-3931 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in New Jersey

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.


Prevalence



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190,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in New Jersey


This number is projected to increase 10.5% 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.

Mortality


2,629

Deaths from Alzheimer's in New Jersey in 2019

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Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in New Jersey.

There were 1,260 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 20% higher than average.


Caregiving



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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 New Jersey, there are 347,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 36 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$32,924

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$2,186,000,000

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals



8,207

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,456

# 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.
Visit alz.org/facts to view the full report.