Washington

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

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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120,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Washington


This number is projected to increase 16.7% 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


3,585

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Washington in 2019

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Alzheimer's is the 3rd leading cause of death in Washington.

There were 651 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 11% 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 2020. In Washington, there are 295,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 28 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$22,949

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$547,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



5,459

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,479

# 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.