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Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Encourage Early Detection and Diagnosis With Physican Education

Families in Oklahoma are waiting as long as 20 months to get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another dementia. To ensure Oklahomans are able to receive a diagnosis while they are still in the early stages of the disease it is critical that physicians across the state receive additional training on the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. The Alzheimer's Association and the University of Oklahoma are working with Oklahoma's Department of Health to update the number of CEU hours required physician education on the early detetection and diagnosis of dementia.

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 03, 2020

Please come as we hear from Alzheimer's Advocates and meet with our State Legislators on the priorities and needs of Alzheimer's Dementia families in Oklahoma. Hear about specific pieces of legislation being considered. For more information and to RVSP please visit https://alz.org/oklahoma/events.

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State Affairs Contact Randle Lee | 405-819-3427 | [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Oklahoma

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 11,000 29,000 26,000 67,000
2025 12,000 36,000 28,000 76,000

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)

HOSPICE (2017)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia



Number of geriatricians in 2019


increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate


increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007


226 Thousand

Number of Caregivers

257 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$3.37 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

1,739 total deaths in Oklahoma
6th leading cause of death in Oklahoma
173% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

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.