The 86th Texas Legislative Session has begun! We are excited about the momentum around Alzheimer's disease in the Capitol this session. We invite you to check back regularly throughout the session as we will post updates about our state policy priorities,other relevant legislation, and activities.
Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis
Strengthening the Alzheimer's Care Infrastructure in Texas
The Alzheimer's Association supports an increase funding for the Alzheimer's Disease Program housed at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to $1 million, to enhance the state's role in providing support and resources for persons living with the disease, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The one million dollars is intended to be be used by DSHS to 1) provide professional education programs for healthcare providers about the value of early detection and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias; 2) increase public awareness and education about brain health and lifestyle interventions that may reduce the risk of dementia; 3) conduct Alzheimer's data surveillance in Texas, and 4) coordinate stakeholder implementation of the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's disease.
Enhance the Quality of Care in Residential Settings
Supporting Person-Centered Care for Individuals with Dementia
Enhancing training for healthcare professionals can enable Texans with Alzheimer's who are residing in behavioral settings to receive person-centered quality care. Many people find the changes in behavior caused by Alzheimer's disease to be the most challenging and distressing effect of the disease. The chief caused of behavioral symptoms in persons with Alzheimer's is the progressive deterioration of brain cells. However, medication, environmental influences and some medical conditions also can cause symptoms or make them worse. Persons with Alzheimer's disease that have been placed in behavioral settings deserve to receive person-centered care from healthcare workers that are adequately trained in Alzheimer's care. We support changes to current training programs for healthcare professionals in behavioral settings to ensure high quality care for all Texans with Alzheimer's.
Advance Alzheimer's Policy
Require Texas to have an State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease.
Texas needs a clear strategy to address the Alzheimer's epidemic. Since 2007, nearly every state has developed a State Alzheimer's Plan. These comprehensive plans identify critical issues, recommend solutions, and create a road map to guide a state's development in to a dementia-capable state. Texas was one of the first states to develop a state plan that extended from 2010-2015. Today, Texas remains one of a few states without an updated state plan. A state plan will ensure that Texas maintains the infrastructure and accountability necessary to confront the sweeping economic and social needs of Alzheimer's disease. We are urging the Department of State Health Services' Alzheimer's Disease Program to coordinate the creation and implementation of a State Plan on Alzheimer's disease that is updated every five years.
Texas State Plan Overview
In March 2009, the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders and the Texas Department of State Health Services Alzheimer's Disease Program formed a steering committee charged with developing the state's response to Alzheimer's disease. Working with a statewide partnership, representatives from the healthcare sector, community organizations, academia, state agencies, and businesses as well as families impacted by Alzheimer's drafted Putting the Pieces Together: A Comprehensive Plan for Addressing the Burden of Alzheimer's Disease in Texas 2010-2015. The plan was published in September 2010. Today, the Texas Department of State Health Services is collaborating with stakeholders to develop a new five-year state plan to address Alzheimer's disease.
Texas State Advocacy Day
April 17, 2019
Please join us on this exciting day as we gather at the capitol, DRESSED IN PURPLE, to show our elected officials how many residents of Texas are impacted by Alzheimer's disease.This is a great opportunity for you to hear from state legislators about how Texas can respond to Alzheimer's disease from a public health perspective, to learn about the Alzheimer's Association's Texas policy priorities, to hear from local Alzheimer's Association funded researchers, and to visit with your elected officials. Learn how you can join our advocates from across the State by contacting Melissa Sanchez, Public Policy Director, at [email protected] or call 713-314-1301.
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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Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age
Percentage change from 2019
Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2019)
change in costs from 2019 to 2025
per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2018 dollars)
of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia
of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia
dementia patient hospital readmission rate
Number of Caregivers
Total Hours of Unpaid Care
Total Value of Unpaid Care
Higher Health Costs of Caregivers
|6th||leading cause of death in Texas|
|200%||increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000|
For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.
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.