Delaware State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview

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In 2012, the Alzheimers Association Delaware Valley Chapter coordinated a meeting with Governor Jack Markell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf, and Director of the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) Bill Love to discuss the importance of mapping out a strategy to address Alzheimers disease in Delaware, including through the development of an Alzheimers state plan. The Alzheimers Association and DSAAPD established a Task Force of caregivers, advocates, and professionals representing a broad range of organizations. With support from DSAAPD staff, the Task Force published the Delaware State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in December 2013. Since the release of the Delaware State Plan, an Advisory Committee made up of a variety of stakeholders from the Alzheimer’s community has been meeting to oversee the Plan’s implementation.

Delaware 2024 Policy Priorities

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Improve Dementia Training Standards in Assisted Living Facilities 

Assisted living facilities help older adults with activities of daily living but provide less intensive supervision that nursing homes would normally provide. Appropriate staff ratio practices and training standards affect the quality of life for those in assisted living facilities, especially those living with dementia. To prevent neglect and improve care for residents who are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 150, which would set new training standards and ensure appropriate staffing levels in order to offer memory care services in assisted living facilities.

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Recognize Alzheimer’s as a Public Health Issue

Delaware is home to 19,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and 31,000 unpaid caregivers. By 2025, the number of Delawareans living with Alzheimer’s is estimated to increase by 21.1%. With a rapidly growing population with dementia, a robust public health response is needed to mitigate the impact. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to support legislation requiring the Departments of Aging and Public Health to recognize Alzheimer’s and other dementia as a public health issue to increase awareness, promote risk reduction and the value of obtaining a timely and accurate diagnosis.

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State Affairs Contact: Sean Dwyer

Phone: 215.399.9209 

Email: [email protected]

19,000

people living with Alzheimer’s in Delaware

31,000

Delawareans are providing unpaid care

$253 Million

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

208.2%

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths 2000-2019

12%

in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

205.6%

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