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.


Oregon State Advocacy Day

March 01, 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. We will kick off our Oregon Alzheimer’s Advocacy event on Monday, March 1 at 12 p.m. with a virtual meeting to learn about this year's legislative priorities and how to effectively meet with your state legislators in a virtual world. On March 2 and 3, we will begin our advocacy efforts, including virtual meetings, phone calls and social media outreach to ensure our legislators understand the importance of supporting critical Alzheimer’s issues. All you need is passion and a desire to make a difference - no experience required!

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State Affairs Contact Christopher Madden | 9713229336 [email protected]

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 2020. In Oregon, there are 155,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 32 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.