Enact Dementia Training Standards for Ohio's First Responders

First responders are critical to the health and safety of people living with Alzheimer’s. They frequently interact with individuals who have dementia in a variety of settings and are among the first to observe instances of abuse and neglect. Without proper training on how to recognize the signs of dementia and how to effectively communicate with people with dementia, situations may escalate quickly with potentially dangerous consequences. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on Ohio legislators to approve House Bill 23 to require competency-based dementia training for law enforcement officers and other first responders during their certification process and as part of their continuing education requirements. The training will help Ohio's first responders identify a person with dementia symptoms, educate first responders on strategies to effectively communicate with individuals living with dementia and understand appropriate responses to dementia-related behaviors.

Publish and Implement the Ohio Alzheimer's and Other Dementia State Plan

In 2019, Ohio passed SB 24 establishing the Ohio Alzheimer's and Other Dementia State Task Force. This group of Ohioans is tasked with creating an Alzheimer's State Plan which is the blueprint for outlining the state government’s response to Alzheimer’s. The task force is focused on Early Detection, Prevention, Public Awareness opportunities, Workforce, Community, and advancing Public Policy. The Alzheimer's Association will continue to advocate for a comprehensive plan and for the plan to be implemented in 2022 and beyond.

Ohio State Plan Overview

Following the enactment of S.B. 24 in 2019, Ohio created the Alzheimer's Disease and Dementias Task Force which will be responsible for creating Ohio’s first State Alzheimer’s Plan. The Task Force is charged with conducting a needs assessment and examining opportunities around public health, early detection and diagnosis, workforce, home and community-based services and quality of care. A plan is anticipated to be published in August of 2021.


Ohio State Advocacy Day

April 06, 2022

The 2022 State Advocacy Day is the premier advocacy event for the Alzheimer's Association in Ohio. Join us in urging state policymakers to advance critical Alzheimer’s legislation and other key initiatives.

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State Affairs Contact Trey Addison | 937-470-1033 [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Ohio

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 Ohio

This number is projected to increase 13.6% 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 Ohio in 2019

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

There were 1,889 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 17% 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 2021. In Ohio, there are 421,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 28 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.
Visit alz.org/facts to view the full report.