Wyoming

WYOMING 2019 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Public awareness of the importance of early detection

The Wyoming Chapter will work with our public health partners to spread the word about the importance of early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Increase Public Awareness, Early Detection And Diagnosis

Ten Ways to Love Your Brain

The Wyoming Chapter will work with our public health partners throughout Wyoming to spread the word about the importance of early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Supporting Dementia Training for Law Enforcement and Adult Protective Services

Adult protective services (APS) workers and law enforcement personnel in Wyoming are increasingly being called to support individuals with Alzheimer's and their families due to cases of wandering, aggressive behaviors or medical emergencies. We emphasize the importance of training of APS workers and law enforcement personnel to recognize individuals with cognitive impairments, to ensure effective interventions in cases involving the abuse and exploitation of individuals who are cognitively impaired, and to secure the safety of abused and exploited individuals with dementia.

Increase Access to Home and Community-Based Services

Enhance Wyoming Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias

In Wyoming, have Medicaid coverage of a core set of person-centered, dementia-competent, and dementia-specific home and community-based services for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias. A core set of services includes case management and consumer-directed personal care services.

Increase Access to Home and Community-Based Services

Through an update of Wyoming Medicaid requirements, ensure the ability of Wyomingites living with dementia to live in the most appropriate setting.

Set the Wyoming Medicaid financial and functional eligibility requirements for home and community-based services at a level that ensures the ability of individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias to live in the most appropriate setting.



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. If you would like to participate in this process please contact the Alzheimer's Association's Wyoming Chapter.



ADVOCACY EVENTS

Wyoming State Advocacy Day

January 31, 2019

Join the Wyoming Chapter of the Alzheimer's Assocation for Alzheimer's Advocacy Day at the Wyoming Legislature! Thursday, January 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Call Janet at 307.287.6569 for details and to register.


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 Janet Lewis | (307) 316-2892 | [email protected]



Elected Officials

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Wyoming

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 1,700 4,400 4,000 10,000
2025 2,200 6,100 4,800 13,000

Percentage change from 2019

Medicaid

$81

MILLION

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

34.7%

change in costs from 2019 to 2025


Medicare

$19,142

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


HOSPICE (2016)

78

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


7%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)

1,344

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


16.0%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate

Caregiving

28,000

Number of Caregivers

31,000,000

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$396,000,000

Total Value of Unpaid Care

$21,000,000

Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)

212

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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