Washington

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WASHINGTON 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Community-Based Services Through Dementia Resource Catalyst Programs

For many Washington residents with dementia, accessing services is a significant challenge. To address this, the State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s recommended funding community-based professionals in key areas of Washington to provide direct services that assist people with dementia to remain active and in their homes longer. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state legislators to support a $1.4M appropriation to fund two Dementia Resource Catalyst programs, one in eastern Washington and one in western Washington. These positions will assist Area Agencies on Aging in coordinating resources with organizations who serve people affected by dementia and administering programs to provide education on dementia, and to educate families on the disease and available services. While the upcoming budget will be tight, it is critical that legislators ensure people with dementia have the support they need to remain in their homes and communities.



Washington State Plan Overview

In March 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 6124 charging the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to convene a prescribed membership for an Alzheimer's Disease Working Group (ADWG) to develop a Washington State Plan to address Alzheimer's disease. The working group contains stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, including professional and unpaid caregivers, persons with Alzheimer's disease, and experts from many different parts of the medical field. SSB 6124 did not provide designated funding, so DSHS stretched existing funding and resources to meet the legislative requirement. $110,000 of federal Older Americans Act Administrative funds were used to fund facilitator and meeting costs. The Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias was published in January 2016. Leading the charge to implement the plan is the Dementia Action Collaborative - a group of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington State for the growth of the dementia population.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Washington State Advocacy Day

January 14, 2021

Please join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates for an exciting day of virtual advocacy asking lawmakers to support services to families affected by dementia! On the morning of January 14th, we will provide an informational briefing on our priorities and how to best share your story with your legislators. We will also host an optional advocacy training on January 7th at 4:00 PM for those advocates who want to get an early start on preparation. Please wear purple to show unity in our virtual efforts!


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State Affairs Contact Brad Forbes | 206-529-3867 | [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Washington

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 20,000 50,000 47,000 120,000
2025 23,000 68,000 54,000 140,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$547

MILLION

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

26.0%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$22,007

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


HOSPICE (2017)

5,459

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


20%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

132

Number of geriatricians in 2019


202%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,484

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


18.5%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


20.9%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

353 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



402 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$5.27 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

3,752 total deaths in Washington
3rd leading cause of death in Washington
6th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America

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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