Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Supporting HB 215 - Establishing the Silver Alert Program to Support Utahns with Alzheimer's and other Dementias

By 2025 there will be over 42,000 Utahns living with Alzheimer’s, 60% of whom will wander. To ensure the safety of those with Alzheimer's and other dementias, our state needs a Silver Alert program to quickly identify individuals who have wandered away from their homes. The Silver Alert is a public notification program used across the nation to broadcast information about missing persons with some form of cognitive impairment. Utah’s Silver Alert bill (House Bill 215) would allow local first responders or Adult Protective Services to send out information to the surrounding area and then issue a statewide alert if needed. We support this legislation and are working to train first responding agencies to appropriately engage people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments ensuring faster response times and better outcomes for those individuals.

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.


Utah State Advocacy Day

February 27, 2019

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020 alz.org/forum

As an Alzheimer's advocate, you've worked to advance critical public policy, making a difference in the lives of all those impacted by Alzheimer's. Together we've achieved great increases in federal Alzheimer's research funding and secured critical advances in care and support. But we can't take our successes for granted — we need to keep the pressure on.

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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
2019 5,200 15,000 13,000 33,000
2025 6,600 20,000 15,000 42,000

Percentage change from 2019




Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2019)


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2018 dollars)

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


4th leading cause of death in Utah
190% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

For more information, view the 2019 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 14 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $290 billion in 2019, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.