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The 86th Texas Legislative Session wrapped up and we are excited to share that the Legislature made giant strides for Texans dealing with Alzheimer's disease! Together with our amazing advocates, we accomplished all of our 2019 state priorities.
The 2020-2021 State Budget passed with an inclusion of an investment of $1 million for The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Alzheimer’s Disease Program.The Alzheimer’s Disease Program (ADP) provides information and resources to improve care and support for persons with the disease and their caregivers. With these additional and necessary funds, the ADP will have the capacity to provide educational resources for physicians and healthcare professional about the value of early detection and accurate diagnosis; increase public education about brain health and dementia risk reduction, and; maintain Alzheimer’s data in the state.
In addition to the historic increase in funding,the Alzheimer’s State Plan bill (S.B. 999 Campbell /H.B. 1915 Zerwas) has been signed into law. The Texas State Alzheimer's plan will explore the current impact of Alzheimer's disease in the state and outline what steps the state and necessary stakeholders must take over the next five years to improve services and support for people with the disease and their families. Senate Bill 999 by Senator Dr. Campbell of New Braunfels and its companion bill, House Bill 1915, by Representative Dr. Zerwas of Richmond, requires Department of State Health Services to coordinate the development and implementation of a five year state plan on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Finally, a dementia training bill (H.B. 3428 Capriglione) was passed into law, requiring dementia training for Adult Protective Services and certain Area Agency on Aging workers. H.B. 3428 will help reduce elder abuse and neglect, increase the rate of reporting, and improve understanding of how cognitive impairment may affect screening, investigation, and service planning. H.B. 3824 by Representative Giovanni Capriglione (District 98 - Southlake) requires an initial 4 hours of dementia training and 2 hours of continuing education annually for Adult Protective Service employees and certain Area Agency on Aging workers. This bill will help to ensure that the workforce is adequately trained in providing care and support to the dementia community.
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Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age
Percentage change from 2020
Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)
change in costs from 2020 to 2025
per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 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
increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007
Number of Caregivers
Total Hours of Unpaid Care
Total Value of Unpaid Care
|9,763||total deaths in Texas|
|6th||leading cause of death in Texas|
|207%||increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000|
For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.
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.