Rhode Island State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In April 2012, the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 2858, directing the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council to lead a workgroup on the development of a state plan. The workgroup was co-chaired by the chair of the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council, the lieutenant governor or designee and the director of the division of elderly affairs. After collecting public feedback, the workgroup published the Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders in September 2013. In February 2019, the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council published the 2019 Update, Rhode Island State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
Rhode Island 2023 Policy Priorities
Establish a Dementia Coordinator Position in Rhode Island
More than 24,000 Rhode Islanders are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 39,000 unpaid caregivers are providing support. With these figures expected to increase, coordination between state agencies that administer programs for people living with dementia is crucial. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to establish a permanent Dementia Coordinator position within the appropriate state agency. This position will serve as a liaison between state agencies, the governor, the legislature, and private stakeholders to ensure the state has a coordinated and effective approach toward addressing Alzheimer’s.
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people living with Alzheimer’s in Rhode Island
Rhode Islanders 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 Rhode Island needed to meet the demand in 2050
Resources to Drive Change in Rhode Island
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 Rhode Island policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.