Tennessee

TENNESSEE 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Dementia Family Caregivers in Tennessee (HB 1686/ SB 1749)

The Colonel Thomas G. Bowden Memorial Act - Sen. Shane Reeves and Rep. Ryan Williams recently introduced SB 1749/HB 1686, the Colonel Thomas G. Bowden Memorial Act. This bill seeks to create a three-year pilot program called the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Respite Care Program, which would provide respite care services for families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as well as those living with Alzheimer’s disease.



Tennessee State Plan Overview

In July 2007, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 826 (Public Chapter No. 566) establishing the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force (TADTF) to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease in Tennessee, examine services and resources, and draft a state strategy to respond to Alzheimer’s within the state. The Task Force included representatives from long-term care organizations, adult day providers, physician groups, community organizations, state agencies, caregivers, individuals living with the disease and state legislators. In February 2009 the Task Force published the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force Final Report.

In May of 2019, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 28 (Public Chapter No. 364) establishing the Tennessee Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Council to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease in Tennessee, examine services and resources, and draft a state strategy to respond to Alzheimer's within the state. The Advisory Council includes representatives from long-term care organizations, stakeholders, physician groups, community organizations, state agencies, caregivers, individuals living with the disease, and state legislators. In January 2020 the Advisory Council published the updated Alzheimer's and Related Dementia State Plan.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Tennessee State Advocacy Day

February 08, 2022

In response to both the current Covid situation and requests of advocacy leaders, we will be splitting up our advocacy day into two parts. The week of February 7th, we will run a virtual advocacy campaign throughout the week via Phone2Action, seek placement of LTE's on our ask throughout the state, and select state champions will take individual meetings with legislatures. Depending on Covid cases, we will hope to hold an in-person event at the TN state capitol for all advocates in April that will again include advocate meetings with legislators.


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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Tennessee

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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120,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Tennessee


This number is projected to increase 16.7% 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.

Mortality


3,252

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Tennessee in 2019

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There has been a 218% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Tennessee.

There were 1,173 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 18% 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 2021. In Tennessee, there are 361,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 26 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$25,601

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$1,109,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



6,435

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,549

# 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.