Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Pennsylvania State Plan Overview

In February 2013, Governor Tom Corbett issued Executive Order 2013-01 to establish the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee. Twenty-six members were appointed to the committee which included a Pennsylvanian living with Alzheimer's disease, representatives of families and caregivers of persons living with and caring for individuals living with ADRD; the aging network, other Departments of state, providers from across the care continuum, leading researchers in pursuit of a cure and better care, and members of the legislature. Chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Aging, the Planning Committee gathered public input from across the state to inform their recommendations. The Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders was published in February 2014. The Department of Aging is currently focused on the implementation of the state plan and hosts an Annual Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Forum each fall.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020 alz.org/forum

As an Alzheimer's advocate, you've worked to advance critical public policy, making a difference in the lives of all those impacted by Alzheimer's. Together we've achieved great increases in federal Alzheimer's research funding and secured critical advances in care and support. But we can't take our successes for granted — we need to keep the pressure on.

Join us in Washington for an inspiring three-day event filled with networking, training and education.

Be part of the movement that's making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.


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State Affairs Contact Jennifer Ebersole | 7173649102 | [email protected]



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Pennsylvania

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
2019 40,000 120,000 130,000 280,000
2025 47,000 140,000 130,000 320,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$3.543

BILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2019)

12.5%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$25,723

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2018 dollars)


HOSPICE (2016)

11,948

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


17%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,409

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


20.8%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

676,000

Number of Caregivers

770,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$9,732,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$565,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

4,213

6th leading cause of death in Pennsylvania

For more information, view the 2019 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 14 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $290 billion in 2019, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.



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