Ohio

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OHIO 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Equip Ohio with a Dementia-Capable Workforce

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 legislators to support legislation in Ohio that will require training for emergency medical services workers to educate these professionals on understanding specific behavior symptoms, effective communication strategies, protocols for contacting caregivers and available local resources.

Support Dementia Caregivers by Protecting the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program

Over 604,000 Ohioans are providing unpaid care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia thus enabling a large portion of the 220,000 people living with dementia in the state to live in the community, instead of moving into more costly residential long-term care. In cases where finances are tight, Ohio’s funding of Alzheimer’s respite care can step in with limited but critical respite support. The Program funds can help provide occasional adult day care services or a personal care aide in the home a few times a month allowing the family caregiver to address their own medical issues and complete tasks outside of the home. Without these funds, many caregivers risk worsening their own health. While the upcoming budget will be tight, it is critical that legislators protect the Alzheimer’s respite care funds from any cuts to support family caregivers.



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.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Ohio State Advocacy Day

April 14, 2021

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for an exciting day of virtual advocacy urging Ohio’s state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. We will have a series of informative and engaging virtual events with state government leaders to highlight the urgent need for dementia training for first responders and ongoing funding for critical respite services for dementia caregivers. On April 14th, we will host an engaging day of storytelling, advocacy training and direct engagement with your state government representatives. And we will all wear purple to unify us in our virtual efforts!


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



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Ohio

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 35,000 97,000 92,000 220,000
2025 39,000 120,000 97,000 250,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$2,534

MILLION

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

16.0%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$26,502

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


HOSPICE (2017)

12,656

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


17%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

163

Number of geriatricians in 2019


229%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,634

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


22.6%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


23.9%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

604 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



688 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$9.02 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

5,391 total deaths in Ohio
6th leading cause of death in Ohio

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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