Preserve Texas’ $1 Million Investment in Alzheimer’s Care & Support

During the 2019 legislative session, the Alzheimer’s Association and advocates secured a $1 million dollar appropriation over the biennium for the Department of State Health Services’ Alzheimer’s Disease Program. With budget cuts expected due to the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support a continued investment of $1 million over the biennium for Alzheimer’s care and support at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

H.B. 413 (Perez); S.B 383 (Powell): Ensure Alzheimer’s Families Are Fully Informed When Choosing Long-term Care

More than 60% of seniors living in a nursing home have moderate or severe cognitive impairment. Among those in residential care settings, 42% have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Many nursing care facilities market themselves as "memory care facilities" or something similar, which can be misleading to residents and their family members. These facilities are not required to disclose whether or not they are a state- certified Alzheimer’s facility. The Alzheimer’s Association is working with legislators to ensure that Alzheimer’s families are fully-informed of the level of care each facility provides that advertise, market, or promote themselves as providing care or treatment to persons with Alzheimer’s in a special unit or under a special program.

HB 4141 (White): Require Dementia Training for Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers frequently interact with individuals who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias in a variety of settings. Individuals with Alzheimer’s have unique needs, requiring additional support to keep them and others safe. Without adequate training, however, law enforcement officers may not know how to work with people in these situations — leading to more confusion and potentially hostile behaviors. Requiring education of the disease and training in de-escalation tactics can often effectively address situations and ensure the safety of individuals with dementia as well as the safety of the first responders. The Alzheimer’s Association is working with legislators to ensure all new law enforcement officers receive dementia training and dementia continuing education is provided to current officers.

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.


Texas State Advocacy Day

April 13, 2021

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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.


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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.



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.


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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 2020. In Texas, there are 1,079,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 31 hours of unpaid care per week




per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia



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

Hospice and Hospitals


# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


# 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.