Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis
Alzheimer’s Disease is a Public Health Crisis
The number of Oregonians living with Alzheimer's is growing — and growing fast. Oregonians living with dementia will require more and more support as cognitive and behavioral functioning worsens over time, increasing the state's Medicaid costs. A strategic public health response in Oregon is needed to mitigate this impact on all communities! Throughout 2020, the Alzheimer's Association is proud to continue partnering with the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Department to implement the Healthy Brain Initiative – for the betterment of all Oregon families affected by dementia.
Advance Alzheimer's Policy
It's Time to Update Oregon's State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease
The first State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon (SPADO) was released in 2012. Since that time, many of the SPADO goals have been accomplished and other issues affecting individuals with dementia and their families have emerged. With an increasing number of Oregonians affected by Alzheimer’s disease, our work is far from done. The Alzheimer's Association along with numerous community partners have mobilized and are working to release an updated state plan in 2020.
Oregon State Plan Overview
The State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease in Oregon (SPADO) Task Force was formed in late 2010, coordinated by the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter. The Task Force included state government agencies, academic researchers, healthcare providers, family caregivers, state legislators, and non-profit organizations. Charged with drafting recommendations to address the most critical needs of Oregonians impacted by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, the Task Force gathered public input to inform and validate the proposed recommendations. The State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon was published in July 2012 and signed by Governor John Kitzhaber. In March 2013, the Oregon Legislature endorsed SPADO by unanimously supporting Senate Concurrent Resolution 1. The SPADO Steering Committee works together to encourage engagement of public and private sector stakeholders to improve the state's response to community needs associated with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and implement the recommendations provided in the state plan.
Oregon State Advocacy Day
February 21, 2020
Conquering Alzheimer's is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery and we need your help to change the future of this disease! Join us February 21, for our annual Alzheimer's Advocacy Day at the Oregon Capitol. We will provide training on Alzheimer's-related policy issues and schedule meetings with your lawmakers. No experience is needed...just show up full of passion ready to make a difference! Your voice is critical in raising awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research; when you speak, legislators listen! Please join us!
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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
|1,868||total deaths in Oregon|
|6th||leading cause of death in Oregon|
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.