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The Texas Alzheimer's Advocacy Academy is open to all volunteer public policy advocates: Ambassadors, Alzheimer’s Congressional Team members, and Alzheimer’s State Champions.

- Join your peers for regular networking.

-Share best practices.

-Build knowledge and skills.

The Academy welcomes all Texas advocates and their guests to our virtual monthly trainings. This is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to public policy, while also bolstering your advocacy skills and gaining insight from policy and advocacy leaders. Please stay tuned for our 2021 Academy dates and topics.

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TEXAS 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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.

Prioritize Alzheimer’s Long Term Care Residents During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Individuals living with Alzheimer’s have high prevalence of conditions that are identified as potential risk factors for severe illness due to COVID-19. To best support individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia during the pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association has released a comprehensive set of long-term care policy recommendations. These recommendations focus on four areas: (1) testing, (2) reporting, (3) surge activation, and (4) providing support. They are designed to create a strong and decisive response to the COVID-19 crisis in all long-term care settings. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to prioritize the health and safety of dementia residents in long-term care settings as they respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Texas State Advocacy Day

April 13, 2021

Join us for our 2021 Virtual State Advocacy Day! Although we physically won't be filling the Capitol halls with our purple sashes, we will join together virtually to share our Alzheimer's stories with state legislators and remind them that Alzheimer's must remain a priority in the state of Texas. Here is a preview of what you can expect during our 2021 State Advocacy Day. 4/13 Open to the Public 9:15 AM Opening Remarks 9:30 AM Celebrity Introduction and Mission Moment 9:45 AM State Policy Priorities Overview 10:30 AM Alzheimer’s Research in Texas 11:00 AM Closing Remarks Advocates Only 1 PM Key Legislative Meetings 4/14 Open to the Public: All Day Social Media Engagement & Legislative Follow-up


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State Affairs Contact Melissa Sanchez | 7133141301 | [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Texas

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 69,000 180,000 160,000 400,000
2025 83,000 230,000 180,000 490,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$3,202

MILLION

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

23.3%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$30,383

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


HOSPICE (2017)

26,672

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


22%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

342

Number of geriatricians in 2019


267%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,545

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


22.0%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


20.2%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

1.45 Million

Number of Caregivers



1.65 Billion

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$21.63 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

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.

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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