Indiana State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview


In July 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease to develop Indiana’s plan to address Alzheimer's disease. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, care provider agencies as well as state legislators, researchers, issue experts, caregivers, and health care providers. Following public input sessions, the Task Force published the Indiana Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias 2013-2017. In 2021, following advocacy by the Alzheimer's Association, state lawmakers enacted HB 1177 (Public Law 36 of 2021) requiring an updated state Alzheimer’s plan that includes a comprehensive needs assessment and ensures a focus on key priorities including early detection and diagnosis; strengthening the dementia care workforce; increasing access to home and community-based services; and improving quality of care. The plan was released in December of 2021.

Indiana 2024 Policy Priorities

Doctor with Scan

Improve Access to Biomarker Testing 

With the historic Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of treatments that slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in the early stages, early detection and diagnosis is even more critical to ensure individuals receive the most benefit at the earliest point possible. Biomarkers offer one of the most promising paths to improve dementia detection, diagnosis and treatment. Yet these critical tests remain out of reach for many as insurance coverage is failing to keep pace with innovations and advancements in treatments. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to expand insurance coverage of comprehensive biomarker testing. Without this legislation, dementia diagnoses may take up to two years, increasing the long-term costs to the individual, family and the state.



Patient with Family Looking at Pamphlet

Spread Awareness of Dementia Across Indiana 

Over 121,000 Hoosiers are living with Alzheimer’s, but as many as half of them are not formally diagnosed. An early and accurate diagnosis of dementia can improve access to care and support services, enhance quality of life and reduce the financial impact of the disease. However, Hoosiers need access to information on risk reduction strategies, obtaining a timely diagnosis and care planning. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to support legislation authorizing the Department of Health to incorporate information on Alzheimer’s and other dementia into existing public health campaigns, materials and messaging to health care providers.

Find My Chapter

Together, we’re making an impact. Find an Alzheimers Association chapter in your community for more ways to engage.

Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: David Sklar

Phone: 317.587.2215 

Email: [email protected]


people living with Alzheimer’s in Indiana


Hoosiers are providing unpaid care

$1.1 Billion

Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)


deaths from Alzheimer’s in 2021


in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia


increase of geriatricians in Indiana needed to meet the demand in 2050