Alabama State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview

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In May 2012, the Alabama Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force was established (Alabama House Joint Resolution 433). The Task Force was charged with assessing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, examining the care service system, and developing strategies to respond to the Alzheimer’s and dementia crisis in Alabama. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, health care organizations, and community organizations as well as state legislators, caregivers, researchers, and individuals living with Alzheimer’s. In April 2015, the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Related Dementias in Alabama was published and serves as an essential guide for policymakers.

Alabama 2024 Policy Priorities

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Establish a State Dementia Coordinator Position 

Following tremendous advocacy in 2023, state lawmakers established an Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force that is responsible for the creation and publication of a state Alzheimer’s plan. Without a dedicated state agency position to oversee implementation of the plan, however, the state may face difficulty addressing Alzheimer’s and adequately supporting the 96,000 Alabamans living with the disease and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to support funding for the establishment of a full-time Dementia Coordinator position. This position will work to bring together state agency officials, legislators, and external stakeholders to implement the recommendations outlined in the state plan while ensuring the plan continues to reflect the needs of the state.

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State Affairs Contact: James King

Phone: 256.290.7211

Email: [email protected]

96,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Alabama

216,000

Alabamans are providing unpaid care

$925 Million

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

197.1%

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths 2000-2019

18%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

590.9%

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