Alzheimer’s is life threatening, prevalent and costly. The direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $200 billion in America by the end of 2012, including $140 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
The Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force was commissioned three years ago to address the Alzheimer’s crisis in our state. The 19 member task force convened community forums to hear the concerns of Missouri citizens across the state, including individuals living with the disease, family caregivers, and key stakeholders.
In November 2010, the Task Force published a State Plan for combating Alzheimer’s in Missouri that addressed the above concerns raised at the forums. A Supplement to the Plan was released by the Task Force in February 2012 and contained updated statistics and goals. The Task Force has continued working diligently with various state leaders, departments and agencies to find the most effective ways to address Alzheimer’s in Missouri. Although much still needs to be done, numerous advancements have been made on both the state and federal level, including:
• Missouri developed a unified system of screening, referral, and care planning for Missouri citizens with dementia. Funded by the Administration on Aging, this statewide project leveraged partnerships between the Department of Health and Senior Services, Area Agencies on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association to advance better access to detection and community support.
• Federal funding is helping Missouri place an increased focus on home and community long term care options through implementation of the Balancing Incentives Payment Program and Money Follows the Person Demonstration Grant.
• The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstrated their commitment to advancing quality dementia care by launching new training requirements for nursing home staff and releasing a free dementia training toolkit. Concurrently, the Department of Health and Senior Services is reviewing dementia training regulations to ensure consistency for all provider groups.
• Missouri is viewed as a world leader in Alzheimer’s research with more than $22 million in federal and foundation grants awarded in 2011. Additionally, legislation was passed in 2012 that will increase the one year pilot grant awards when state funding for Alzheimer’s research is restored.
• By far the greatest achievement was the release of the first National Alzheimer’s Plan in May of 2012. The plan calls for increased support for research, awareness, education and outreach, and caregiver support. These goals mirror those outlined in Missouri’s State Plan.
Read the Final Report & Recommendations (10 pages)
Read the Missouri Alzheimer's State Plan Interim Report (24 pages)
Read the Missouri Alzheimer’s State Plan (49 pages)