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NEWS

In February 2020, the Tennessee state legislature advance a piece of legislation, The Col. Thomas G. Bowden Memorial Act. This bill seeks to create a pilot program to deliver home and community-based services, including respite care to those living alone with Alzheimer's or those being cared for by a family member or friend. 

Advocates from across Tennessee came together in Nashville to lobby their legislators to support, including Col. Bowden's widow who is a tireless advocate for families losing a loved one to Alzheimer's. Watch below to find out more!


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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Tennessee

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
2020 21,000 55,000 46,000 120,000
2025 23,000 69,000 52,000 140,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$1,109

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)

24.2%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$24,199

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)


HOSPICE (2017)

6,435

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


19%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

40

Number of geriatricians in 2019


758%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,574

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


22.1%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


13.2%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

444 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



506 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$6.63 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

3,488 total deaths in Tennessee
6th leading cause of death in Tennessee
4th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
241% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

For more information, view the 2020 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 13.8 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $305 billion in 2020, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly 1 in 3 seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.



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