Wyoming

WYOMING 2021 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Dementia Caregivers and Restore Funding to Home Based Care Services

Many of the 28,000 dementia caregivers in Wyoming depend on in-home care and respite services to care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These services help prevent burnout and allow families to care for their loved ones in home for as long as possible, providing the best outcomes for those living with dementia. While Wyoming is facing a budget crisis, cutting the state’s Home-Based Care Program will have dire consequences for family caregivers and their loved ones. The Program’s support for family caregivers is substantial as is its impact on reducing expensive long-term care costs borne by the state. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state officials to fund the $2.7 million for the program in the biennium budget. Without these funds, many caregivers risk worsening their own health.

Ensure First Responders Can Protect Wyomingites Living With Dementia

Law enforcement officers and first responders are critical to the health and safety of Wyomingites living with Alzheimer’s. They frequently interact with individuals who have dementia in a variety of settings and are among the first to observe instances of abuse and neglect. Without proper training on how to recognize the signs of dementia and how to effectively communicate with people with dementia, situations may escalate quickly with potentially dangerous consequences. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on policymakers to support efforts in Wyoming to provide dementia training to all law enforcement officers to educate these professionals on understanding specific behavior symptoms, effective communication strategies, protocols for contacting caregivers and available local resources.

Focus State Efforts to Increase Brain Health Awareness and Planning

Wyoming has some of the highest health care costs and faces some of the most dire health outcomes in the country. That affects everyone, especially those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As Wyoming is able to shift its focus away from dealing with the current pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state government officials to include early detection and general brain health information in public outreach campaigns aimed at the general public. While there is no way to prevent dementia, Wyomingites need to ensure they are taking every step to promote a healthy brain and have access to early detection of Alzheimer’s to allow them the opportunity to plan their care. Early planning not only makes sure Wyomingites are in charge of their care, but also helps alleviate the strain on families who want to be there and care for their loved ones.



Wyoming State Plan Overview

The Alzheimer's Association Wyoming Chapter worked with the Wyoming Division of Aging and a group of key stakeholders, at the direction of then-Governor Matt Mead, to develop the first Wyoming State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia. The Work Group was established in 2015 and current members include representatives from hospital systems, physician groups, long-term care providers, the University of Wyoming Center on Aging, the Division of Aging within the Department of Health, and the governor's office. The Work Group hosted town halls across the state to receive public input as part of their comprehensive, statewide needs assessment. The final plan — Wyoming State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias — was released in October 2018.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Wyoming State Advocacy Day

February 08, 2021

COVID-19 won't stop us from making sure Wyoming is taking care of our loved ones! The Alzheimer's Association Wyoming Chapter will connect Wyomingites with the state Legislature virtually this year, ensuring every lawmaker hears about how their decisions affect our loved ones! Join us!


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State Affairs Contact Ramsey Scott | 307-201-9596 [email protected]



Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Wyoming

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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10,000

Individuals living with Alzheimer's in Wyoming


This number is projected to increase 30.0% 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


238

Deaths from Alzheimer's in Wyoming in 2019

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

There were 9 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 2% 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 Wyoming, there are 16,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 25 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$23,151

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia

Medicaid

$86,000,000

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

Hospice and Hospitals



89

# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


1,446

# 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.