Vermont

VERMONT 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Ensure adequate planning and support for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease (S.206)

Alzheimer's and other dementias is a full-time struggle for the family caregivers and individuals living with the disease. With an effort underway to update the Alzheimer’s state plan, now is the time for the state to establish a full-time Dementia Coordinator to work across agencies to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to create a state Dementia Coordinator position and ensure regular updates to the Alzheimer’s state plan by passing S.206.

Strengthen Home and Community-Based Services in Vermont

More than 13,000 Vermonters 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s - a figure expected to rise to 17,000 by 2025. While many rely on home and community-based services (HCBS) to delay admission into a long-term care setting, services such as home delivered meals, personal emergency response systems and adult day health programs help support family caregivers. In 2020 alone, 25,000 dementia caregivers provided over 36 million hours of unpaid care in Vermont. With a limited workforce, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to include an additional $6 million in the budget to expand reimbursement levels for HCBS and respite care.

Increase Vermont's Dementia-Capable Workforce

In the last year, Vermont has seen acute staffing shortages in our long-term care communities as well as in home and community-based services. The Alzheimer’s Association supports the "Health Care Workforce Development Strategic Plan," released in October 2021, and urges the legislature to implement their recommendations for workforce recruitment, education, and retention.



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

Vermont State Advocacy Day

April 27, 2022

Join Alzheimer's advocates from around Vermont for Alzheimer's Advocacy Day at the Statehouse! Due to space restrictions caused by COVID, advocates will be gathering at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier for a day of advocacy in action. Legislators will be joining us for lunch, which will include a panel discussion and some special recognitions. Together we will witness the passage of a House concurrent resolution designating Wednesday, April 27, 2022 as Alzheimer’s Awareness Day at the State House. We will also have options for virtual participation.


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State Affairs Contact Megan Polyte | 8023432604 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Vermont

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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13,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Vermont


This number is projected to increase 30.8% 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


315

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Vermont in 2019

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Alzheimer's is the 5th leading cause of death in Vermont.

There were 47 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 8% 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 Vermont, there are 26,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 27 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$24,091

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$116,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



543

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,528

# 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.