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OREGON 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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, some of the original 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, the Oregon Department of Human Services and numerous community partners have mobilized and are working to release an updated Alzheimer’s state plan in 2021.

Prevent Social Isolation in Long Term Care Communities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon long term care communities have been required to prohibit in person visitation. As a result, residents in long term care, including those with dementia, have been isolated from the family and friends they count on for support and social engagement. Social interaction and connectivity for individuals with dementia is crucial to their well-being and overall health. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the Oregon legislature to support forthcoming legislation that will require long term care facilities to develop isolation prevention plans to enable residents to communicate with other residents, family members, friends or other external support systems during public emergencies.



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, health care 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 other dementias and implement the recommendations provided in the state plan.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Oregon State Advocacy Day

March 03, 2021

Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for an exciting virtual advocacy event to urge the Oregon Legislature to support people with dementia and their families. Attend one of our training sessions on March 3rd or 9th to learn about our legislative priorities for 2021 and how to effectively meet with your state legislators in a virtual world. Then on March 10th, get ready for a day of virtual meetings with your legislators! We will schedule your virtual meetings with your elected officials....just show up full of purple 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! Join us!


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State Affairs Contact Sara Kofman | 503-416-0202 | [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Oregon

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 12,000 29,000 28,000 69,000
2025 13,000 40,000 32,000 84,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$253

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)

25.4%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$21,210

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)


HOSPICE (2017)

3,565

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


17%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

62

Number of geriatricians in 2019


274%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,583

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


18.5%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


31.2%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

188 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



214 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$2.81 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

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.

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.



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