Idaho State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In 2012, the Idaho Legislature established the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group through passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 112. Tasked with determining how the state could best assist individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, the Planning Group included representatives from state agencies, advocacy agencies, academia, and community organizations as well as researchers, caregivers, individuals affected by Alzheimer's, and the governor. After conducting a year-long state assessment and soliciting input from community stakeholders and the public-at-large, A State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Addressing the Needs of Idahoans with ADRD, Their Caregivers, and Family Members was released. The Idaho legislature endorsed the statewide plan with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 34 in 2013.
Idaho 2023 Policy Priorities
Empower Assisted Living Staff with Dementia Training
Individuals living with dementia have needs that make care delivery more challenging and demanding. Care workers in assisted living facilities often do not have the training or dementia-specific knowledge to provide quality care and support those living with dementia. Currently, Idaho does not require assisted living facility staff to receive a set number of hours of dementia-specific training, follow a specified training module, or take a dementia competency exam. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on lawmakers to require that assisted living facilities that serve individuals living with dementia provide staff with evidence-based, dementia-specific training on a continuing basis.
Update the State Alzheimer’s Plan
State Alzheimer’s Plans provide a pathway for state governments to ensure the needs of the dementia population in their states are being met. State Alzheimer’s Plans also establish accountability by helping to ensure policymakers create the infrastructure necessary to address this growing public health crisis. To ensure the Idaho State Alzheimer’s Plan reflects the best practices for being a dementia-capable state, the Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to codify the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Alliance and update the Idaho State Alzheimer’s Plan every five years. Updating the State Plan on an established schedule will help Idaho stay up-to-date with the latest advances in Alzheimer’s research and the newest developments in treatment and care, and ensure the services offered by the state meet the needs of those diagnosed and their caregivers.
Promote Gerontology in Idaho
There are 27,000 Idahoans living with Alzheimer’s; a number expected to rise to 33,000 by 2025. If current prevalence rates persist, Idaho will need a 987% increase in the number of geriatricians to effectively care for the number of people projected to have Alzheimer's by 2050. Idaho’s Rural Physicians Incentive Program (RPIP) provides funding to pay off student loans to physicians working in rural areas of the state in order to provide smaller communities access to physicians. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging Idaho legislators to address the shortage of physicians specializing in geriatric care by supporting the addition of one designee to the RPIP specifically allocated for individuals specializing in gerontology
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Idaho
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Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
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increase of geriatricians in Idaho needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Idaho
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 Idaho policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.