Support Efforts to Address the Nursing Workforce Shortage

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing nurse workforce shortages. Across Oregon, all health care settings are struggling to find qualified staff, with long-term care nursing positions particularly difficult to fill. There is no silver bullet for this problem, but the Alzheimer's Association supports the House Health Care Committee's efforts to improve the nurse education pipeline with incentives for nurse educators and longer term efforts to incentivize more in-demand roles like geriatric and long-term care nursing. Improving access to care will benefit all those impacted by an Alzheimer's and dementia diagnosis.

Improve Temporary Staffing in Long-Term Care Communities

Long-term care was hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and is lagging behind other sectors in getting back to pre-pandemic employment levels. Because of these workforce shortages, providers are forced to turn to temporary staffing agencies now more than ever. While many of these agencies are doing the right thing and providing quality staff for reasonable rates, there are cases of agencies taking advantage of the challenging times. The Alzheimer's Association is calling on the Oregon Legislature to regulate temporary staffing agencies, ensuring that caregivers are appropriately qualified and trained for the roles they are stepping into and that last minute changes do not leave long-term care communities without appropriate staffing. This regulatory step will ensure access and provide consistent, quality care for residents including those with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

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.


Oregon State Advocacy Day

February 08, 2022

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Oregon

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 Oregon

This number is projected to increase 21.7% 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 Oregon in 2019

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Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Oregon.

There were 410 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 10% 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 Oregon, there are 130,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 31 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.