Rhode Island

RHODE ISLAND 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Rhode Island State Plan Overview

In April 2012, the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 2858, directing the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council to lead a workgroup on the development of a state plan, to be co-chaired by the chair of the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council, the lieutenant governor or designee and the director of the division of elderly affairs. The Workgroup collected public feedback and published Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders in September 2013. In February 2019, the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council published the 2019 Update, Rhode Island State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Rhode Island State Advocacy Day

May 20, 2021

Use your voice to support people with Alzheimer’s and urge state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. While more information on Advocacy Day will be coming soon, make sure to sign up to be an advocate and receive information on future state advocacy opportunities! https://alzimpact.org/volunteer


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State Affairs Contact David Carlin | 1401862-5027 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Rhode Island

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.


Prevalence



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24,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Rhode Island


This number is projected to increase 12.5% 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.

Mortality


456

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Rhode Island in 2019

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Alzheimer's is the 5th leading cause of death in Rhode Island.

There were 194 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 15% higher than average.


Caregiving



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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 Rhode Island, there are 38,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 24 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$27,714

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$470,000,000

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals



1,657

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,606

# 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.