Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Strengthen Disclosure Requirements for Alzheimer’s Care

Current law requires that long-term care providers that promote themselves as providing care or treatment to people with dementia in a special unit or through a special program must disclose their services and staffing information among other details. However, the disclosure information has been inconsistent and key information is not currently required. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state legislators to support HB 1794, the Alzheimer’s Dementia and Other Forms of Dementia Special Care Disclosure Act, to update the state’s disclosure form requirements and ensure the forms are reviewed by state agency officials in a timely manner. The bill also creates a commission to advise the Health Commissioner on specific items that should be included in the disclosure form. With this legislation, families of loved ones with dementia will have greater assurance that their loved ones are receiving high quality, dementia-specific care.

Equip Oklahoma with a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia have unique needs that often make care delivery, communication and interaction more challenging and demanding. Yet direct care workers in Oklahoma may not receive the most up to date information on best practices to care for this population due to the lack of a standardized curriculum. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging all stakeholders, including the Department of Health, to adopt minimum standards for direct care worker training and incorporating the evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations to ensure all Oklahomans with dementia receive high quality care.

Urge the Oklahoma Department of Health to Prioritize Dementia

With more than 67,000 Oklahomans living with Alzheimer's and 226,000 supporting them as family caregivers, Alzheimer's is a public health crisis in Oklahoma. However, many state efforts around dementia are siloed. Active coordination between all state agencies, the governor, the legislature, and community stakeholders will ensure that Oklahoma is addressing Alzheimer’s as a public health crisis, enable greater implementation of the State Plan and reduce the long-term impact of the disease on the state budget while improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association is supporting efforts to update the State Alzheimer’s Plan and appoint a full-time dementia coordinator within the Department of Health to oversee this work.



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.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Oklahoma State Advocacy Day

March 09, 2021

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for an exciting virtual advocacy day urging Oklahoma’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 oversight in the delivery of memory care to people with dementia. Our advocacy day will mix 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 Randle Lee | 405-819-3427 [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.


Prevalence



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67,000

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.

Mortality


1,775

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.


Caregiving



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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 2020. In Oklahoma, there are 129,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 36 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$27,966

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$516,000,000

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals



4,102

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,692

# 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.