Support Oklahomans with Dementia by Expanding the Definition of Adult Day Care to Include PACE

Oklahomans with dementia and their family caregivers rely on PACE, or Program of All-Inclusive Care, to remain in their home instead of moving to a costly long-term care community. PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that uses coordinated care to help individuals meet their health care needs in the community. Coordinated home care can help increase the length of time that people living with dementia are able to remain in their homes and delay the need for residential long-term care. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging legislators to update state law to change the definition of adult day care to include PACE programs. With this change, more Oklahomans with cognitive impairment can have access to team care that supports their ability to stay in their homes and communities for longer.

Oklahoma State Plan Overview

In May 2008, the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer's Disease was established pursuant to Senate Bill 2186. Tasked with examining the impact of Alzheimer's disease and mapping a plan of action within the state, the Task Force included representatives from the private sector, community organizations, and state agencies as well as caregivers, state legislators, and individuals living with Alzheimer's. In September 2009 The Final Report of the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer's Disease in Oklahoma was published. In 2015, Governor Mary Fallin issued Executive Order 2015-32 to authorize an update to the state plan. The Oklahoma Alzheimer's State Plan 2016 was published in February 2016.


Oklahoma State Advocacy Day

March 07, 2022

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for this two day event that includes a legislative overview on Monday, March 7th, 2022 and engagement with lawmakers in the state capitol on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022. Advocates will rally state lawmakers to strengthen family caregiver services. Advocates will come together to hear from state leaders, understand the Alzheimer’s Association’s leading ask during the legislative session and meet with state legislators to share their story and urge support of these critical priorities. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials at the training the day before. We will host the training session that covers our legislative ask, background on Alzheimer's data in Oklahoma and how to engage with lawmakers on Monday, March 7th, 2022 from 11:00am to 12:30pm via zoom to make sure all your questions are answered. Please register by February 28th!

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State Affairs Contact Margaret Shaffer | 918-932-9340 [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Oklahoma

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 Oklahoma

This number is projected to increase 13.4% 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 Oklahoma in 2019

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There has been a 178% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Oklahoma.

There were 622 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 20% 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 Oklahoma, there are 129,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 36 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.