Wyoming

WYOMING 2020 STATE POLICY PRIORITIES

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

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 Ramsey Scott | 307-201-9596 | [email protected]



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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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