Washington

WASHINGTON 2019 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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

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.

Join us in Washington for an inspiring three-day event filled with networking, training and education.

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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
2019 18,000 48,000 46,000 110,000
2025 23,000 68,000 54,000 140,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$517

MILLION

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

31.8%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$20,674

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


HOSPICE (2016)

5,305

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


21%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,415

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


17.7%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

348,000

Number of Caregivers

396,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$5,011,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$249,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

3,710

3rd leading cause of death in Washington
9th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America

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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