Wyoming

WYOMING 2022 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

Support Funding for Home and Community-Based Services in Wyoming

Wyomingites with dementia and their family caregivers rely on the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) to remain in their home instead of moving to a costly long-term care community. The Alzheimer’s Association will support maintained funding for the Wyoming Home Services Program to support those who need services and are able to stay at home. The program provides vital respite services for the more than 16,000 Wyomingites who provide daily unpaid care for persons living with dementia.



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

March 01, 2022

Use your voice to support people with Alzheimer’s and urge state lawmakers to maintain funding for Wyoming Home Services. More information on how you can engage state legislators is coming soon!


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State Affairs Contact Ann Clement | 3038426080 [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 2021. In Wyoming, there are 16,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 25 hours of unpaid care per week

Costs

Medicare

$23,404

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.