West Virginia


Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Recognize Alzheimer's as a Public Health Crisis in West Virginia

Our state has a critical need for increased public knowledge and awareness of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's and other dementias, as well as education on brain health and the benefits of early detection and diagnosis. Alzheimer's is more than an aging issue, with effects spanning the lifespan of both those living with a diagnosis and their unpaid caregivers and family members. We advocate for a resolution sounding the alarm of Alzheimer's as a Public Health Crisis in WV. We are asking for a House (HCR 48) and Senate Resolution urging the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health to designate Alzheimer's disease and other dementias as a public health issue.

West Virginia State Plan Overview

In 2011, the West Virginia legislature directed and funded the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the needs, challenges, and issues facing West Virginians living with Alzheimer's disease and their families through the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 38. Three work groups spearheaded development of policy and program recommendations. The work groups included health care providers, families impacted by Alzheimer's, public health officials, state legislators, and researchers as well as representatives from local businesses, long-term care providers, state agencies, and community organizations. In December 2011, the state Alzheimer's plan, Make a Plan for Alzheimer's in West Virginia was published.


West Virginia State Advocacy Day

February 05, 2019

Join a passionate and informed group of diverse advocates coming together to turn the state Capital purple and speak to our legislators about the Alzheimer's Crisis in WV.

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.

Be part of the movement that's making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.

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State Affairs Contact Robby Queen | 3043432717 | [email protected]

Elected Officials

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in West Virginia

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 6,500 17,000 15,000 38,000
2025 7,400 21,000 16,000 44,000

Percentage change from 2019




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


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



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

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


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.