Texas

TEXAS 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Increase Awareness for Early Detection and Diagnosis

Since the adoption of the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease in 2019, researchers, practitioners, and other service providers have worked to implement its various goals and strategies. One of the goals outlined in the plan is to foster continuing education on early detection and diagnosis for medical professionals. The Alzheimer’s Association is working to build support from legislators to create an Early Detection and Diagnosis Toolkit for medical practitioners. This will increase the ability of physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals to detect and diagnose dementia early in the disease process so as to facilitate disease management.

Address Health Care Workforce Shortages

The pandemic has highlighted the need to address health care workforce shortages not just in clinical care settings, but in long-term care settings as well. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging the state of Texas to restore the funding for the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELP), which encourages qualified physicians to provide four consecutive years of service in areas with medical shortages in exchange for loan repayment. This will create incentive and hopefully increase the number of physicians serving communities will low medical access.

Address Social Isolation among Dementia Residents in Long-term Care Settings

Given the crisis long-term care settings have experienced during the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association is seeking support on enhanced dementia training standards for long-term care staff. Specifically, we are asking legislators to invest in Project VITAL Texas. Project VITAL (Virtual Inclusive Technology for All Living) will maximize public/private partnerships to help mitigate effects of isolation and support person-centered dementia care during and beyond the COVID pandemic.



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 health care 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. As a result of Senate Bill 999 (2019), the Texas Department of State Health Services was required to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a new five-year state plan to address Alzheimer's disease. In Winter 2019, the Texas Department of State Health Services released the 2019-2023 State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Texas State Advocacy Day

June 07, 2022

Join us for State Alzheimer’s Advocacy Week on June 7-9! We’ll be meeting with state legislators to raise awareness about the Alzheimer's crisis and increase support for the Alzheimer’s Association’s policy priorities. Sign up to join us and share your perspective on the needs of the Alzheimer’s and dementia community. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials.


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State Affairs Contact Melissa Sanchez | 7133141301 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Texas

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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400,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Texas


This number is projected to increase 22.5% 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


10,101

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Texas in 2019

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There has been a 217% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Texas.

There were 4,778 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 26% 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 Texas, there are 1,085,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 31 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$32,867

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$3,202,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



26,672

# 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.