Rhode Island

RHODE ISLAND 2019 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 2019, the State Plan on Alzheimer's and Related Disorders was unveiled by the Lieutenant Governor's Office that creates a position within the State Department of Health to address Alzheimer's, establishes an advisory council to oversee activity, establishes training requirements for medical professionals and requires health care facilities to have plans to serve those with Alzheimer's and dementia. 



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 Eric Creamer | 401-859-2334 | [email protected]



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Rhode Island

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 3,000 8,900 11,000 23,000
2025 3,600 11,000 12,000 27,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$455

MILLION

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

22.6%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$26,358

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


HOSPICE (2016)

1,504

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


25%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,608

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


22.2%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

53,000

Number of Caregivers

61,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$769,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$46,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

435

5th leading cause of death in Rhode Island

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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