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Utah State Plan Overview

In March 2011, Utah legislature Senate Bill 48 establishing the Utah State Plan Task Force within the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services. Tasked with assessing the current and future impact of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias within the state, the Task Force included representatives from state agencies, homecare providers, health plans, and elder law, as well as state legislators, an individual living with the disease, caregivers, and the lieutenant governor. Collecting public feedback, the Task Force drafted Utah's State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Action Plan for 2012-2017, published in January 2012.



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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Utah

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 6,000 15,000 13,000 34,000
2025 7,000 20,000 15,000 42,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$185

MILLION

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

27.0%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$22,229

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


HOSPICE (2017)

2,506

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


19%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

21

Number of geriatricians in 2019


443%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,205

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


15.4%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


22.9%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

159 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



181 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$2.37 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

1,024 total deaths in Utah
4th leading cause of death in Utah
199% 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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