Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis
Support Early Detection and Diagnosis
As an aging state, Ohio must promote early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other dementias. Early detection and diagnosis offers a number of benefits to help individuals with dementia and their families. The best opportunity for individuals to benefit from available treatments, enroll in clinical trials, build a care team, and express their wishes, is in the early stages of the disease. Through the Ohio Task Force on Alzheimer’s, we are requesting $500,000 to enhance Alzheimer's and dementia early detection education programs. Join us!
Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce
Strengthen Ohio’s Direct Care Workforce
Ohioans living with Alzheimer’s deserve quality care and support throughout the disease. Currently, there is a lack of knowledge among healthcare workers on how to identify symptoms of dementia, how to interact with individuals with Alzheimer’s and how to provide high quality care to people with dementia. Ohio must equip workers across the care continuum with the ability to provide person and family-centered care, communicate effectively with persons with dementia, and address specific and unique aspects of care and safety for people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association supports efforts to ensure all direct care workers receive dementia training.
Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce
Approaching Alzheimer's: Making the first response, the right response
More than 220,000 Ohioans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, an individual will experience many symptoms, including depression, anger and agitation, hallucinations, wandering, and more. Each of these carries the potential need for support from first responders. Six in ten people with dementia will wander. That is a potential for 132,000 interactions between someone living with Alzheimer’s and an Ohio first responder. Yet, Ohio currently has no formal requirements for dementia training for first responders. With proper training, our first responders will know how to effectively address situations involving an individual with the disease, thus ensuring all Ohioans are safer.
Ohio State Plan Overview
Ohio has not published a state Alzheimer's plan.
Ohio State Advocacy Day
April 21, 2020
Alzheimer’s Association Ohio Advocacy Day calls on caregivers, family members, professionals and those living with the disease to meet with elected officials and staff to share the major impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementias on Ohio families.
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State Affairs Contact Trey Addison | 937-470-1033 | [email protected]
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Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age
Percentage change from 2020
Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)
change in costs from 2020 to 2025
per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)
of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia
of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia
dementia patient hospital readmission rate
increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007
Number of Caregivers
Total Hours of Unpaid Care
Total Value of Unpaid Care
|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.
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.