Arizona State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
The Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force was established in 2011 as a collaboration of the Governor's Office on Aging, the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services, the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium, and the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter. The goal was to bring together a wide range of public and private stakeholders to develop a plan to address the growing number of Arizonans with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015, the Task Force published the Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan: A Framework for Action, which was developed through the cooperation of more than 100 community members.
Arizona 2023 Policy Priorities
Establish a State Alzheimer’s Plan & Dementia Unit with DHS
Today, numerous Arizona state agencies administer a variety of programs critical to individuals living with dementia. However, these efforts are often siloed, with multiple state agencies working separately from one another. Arizona needs a dedicated state agency to review, implement and update the State Alzheimer’s Plan that outlines a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s. Effective implementation can reduce the long-term impact of the disease on state budgets and improve the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association and our advocates are calling on state lawmakers to establish the Alzheimer’s State Plan in statute and appropriate $250,000 to create and fund a Dementia Unit within the Department of Health Services to ensure coordination of Alzheimer's programs and policies across state agencies.
Fund a Public Health Campaign focused on Rural and Underserved Urban Communities
Currently, only 50% of those living with Alzheimer’s disease receive a formal diagnosis. With a growing population of Arizonans age 65 or older, there is a significant need to increase public awareness and understanding of cognitive decline. By 2025, the number of Arizonans living with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase by over 33% — the fastest rate of growth in the country. Through a public health campaign, rural and underserved urban Arizonans can become more aware of the signs and symptoms of dementia and the importance of a timely diagnosis, which is the first step in ensuring that individuals living with this disease can benefit from care planning, clinical trials and new treatments. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to provide $500,000 to fund a statewide Alzheimer’s awareness campaign on the benefits of early detection and diagnosis, risk reduction, and care planning.
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State Affairs Contact: Tory Roberg
people living with Alzheimer’s in Arizona
Arizonans are providing unpaid care
Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000
in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia
increase of geriatricians in Arizona needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Arizona
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 Arizona policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.