Wyoming State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
The Alzheimer’s Association Wyoming Chapter, working with the Wyoming Division of Aging and a group of key stakeholders at the direction of Governor Matt Mead, developed the first Wyoming State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia. Established in 2015, the Work Group hosted town halls across the state to receive public input as part of their comprehensive, statewide needs assessment. Current members of this group 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 final plan was released in October 2018 and serves as an essential guide for policymakers in Wyoming.
Wyoming 2024 Policy Priorities
Incorporate Dementia into Public Health Campaigns
Wyoming is home to 10,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and 16,000 unpaid caregivers. By 2025, the number of residents of Wyoming living with Alzheimer's is estimated to increase by 30%. As the population with dementia grows, a robust public health response is needed to mitigate the future impact. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging the Department of Health to integrate Alzheimer’s and other dementia into existing public health campaigns to highlight risk reduction strategies and promote early detection and diagnosis.
Establish an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Advisory Council
Alzheimer’s is a complex disease that impacts many different state agencies and stakeholders. Coordination and collaboration across state government with external stakeholders is critical to effectively address the growing prevalence and impact of this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on Governor Gordon to establish an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Advisory Council that will be responsible for monitoring and updating the Alzheimer’s State Plan to ensure Wyoming is committed to addressing Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
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State Affairs Contact: Carissa Gemaehlich
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Wyoming
Wyomingites are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
deaths from Alzheimer’s in 2019
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increase of geriatricians in Wyoming needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Wyoming
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Wyoming policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.