Virginia

VIRGINIA 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Expand the Dementia Care Management Program

In 2019, the General Assembly approved funding to provide 100 families a year with dementia care management at the University of Virginia’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic. While this funding was removed in response to the pandemic, the General Assembly recognized the need for appropriate care coordination and restored funding to launch a pilot program serving only 50 families. Care coordination can help increase the length of time that people living with dementia are able to remain in their homes and delay the need for residential long-term care. Coordinated care programs using trained Dementia Care Managers (DCMs) embedded in memory assessment clinics are needed for successful community-based dementia care. Streamlining dementia care using DCMs results in significant cost savings, decrease health care utilization, and improve health outcomes. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on the General Assembly to expand dementia care management funding to support people with dementia.



Virginia State Plan Overview

The Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission serves as an advisory board within the executive branch and assists people living with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders as well as their caregivers and families. In 2009, the Commission began collecting public input to inform a state plan on Alzheimer's disease. Utilizing aging as well as stress and coping theory, in December 2011 the Commission published the Dementia State Plan: Virginia's Response to the Needs of Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers. In 2015 an updated version of the plan, 2015-2019 Dementia State Plan: Virginia's Response to the Needs of Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers, was published. In October 2019, the Commission published the Dementia State Plan: Building a Dementia-Capable Virginia (2020-2024).



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Virginia State Advocacy Day

January 27, 2022

Turn the Capitol purple! Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates and have your voice heard by your elected officials in Richmond! Share your experience and help improve the care, support and services for those living with Alzheimer’s and the people caring for them. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials.


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State Affairs Contact Joshua Myers | 5405880181 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Virginia

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.


Prevalence



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150,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Virginia


This number is projected to increase 26.7% 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.

Mortality


2,631

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Virginia in 2019

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Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Virginia.

There were 1,546 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 22% higher than average.


Caregiving



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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 2021. In Virginia, there are 351,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 29 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$25,523

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$1,000,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



6,440

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,622

# 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.