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Vermont State Plan Overview

In 1991 Vermont's legislature enacted legislation that established the Governor's Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), in its efforts to design and develop the State Plan on Dementia, convened a subcommittee of the Governor's Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders and other aging network providers. This subcommittee was charged with providing guidance and oversight for the development of a plan to help the state policy makers and stakeholders better understand how the estimated increase in people with dementia will need to be met with a corresponding increase in resources; including caregivers, specialized care units, respite services and education. During 2007 and 2008, JSI Research and Training Institute Inc., under contract with the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living engaged in a planning process to develop a State Plan on Dementia. Soliciting feedback from community members, direct service providers, and families impacted by Alzheimer's, the subcommittee published the Vermont State Plan on Dementia in 2009.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

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 Vermont

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 2,200 5,500 5,200 13,000
2025 2,600 7,900 6,100 17,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$110

MILLION

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

31.7%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$21,071

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


HOSPICE (2016)

480

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


17%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,455

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


18.8%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

30,000

Number of Caregivers

34,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$434,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$28,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

370

6th leading cause of death in Vermont
1st highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
176% 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.



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