Delaware State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview


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 2023 Policy Priorities

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Prioritize Alzheimer’s Across State Government

Today, numerous Delaware state agencies administer a variety of programs critical to people living with dementia, including Medicaid, adult protective services, and health professional and facility licensure. However, these efforts are often siloed, with multiple state agencies working separately from one another. Although Delaware has a state plan to address Alzheimer’s, it was completed in 2013, and much has changed in terms of the dementia landscape since then.  Delaware needs an updated State Alzheimer’s Plan bringing all of the key state officials and private-sector stakeholders together to outline a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state policymakers to establish an Alzheimer’s infrastructure through a permanent State Plan Task Force and ongoing updates to the State Plan.


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State Affairs Contact: Sean Dwyer

Phone: 215.399.9209 



people living with Alzheimer’s in Delaware


Delawareans are providing unpaid care

$253 Million

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

68 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000


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