State Plan Vision

State Plan Vision

MONTANA TO BUILD DEMENTIA-CAPABLE PROGRAMS
FOR THE GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE
WITH ALZHEIMER’S AND RELATED DEMENTIAS

On Monday, June 20, 2016, Governor Bullock and the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Work Group will introduce the first-ever Montana Alzheimer’s State Plan. Please join Alzheimer’s advocates, individuals and families affected by the disease and members of the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Work Group at 10:30am in the Governor’s Reception Room on the east wing of the second floor.

The Montana State Capital dome will be illuminated in purple light on the evening of June 20 to commemorate this momentous occasion and to honor all those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias, their caregivers and all those we’ve lost to this disease.

 

 

News Coverage

Helena, MTJune 13, 2016 – Montana is just one of a handful of states lacking a plan to prepare for and deal with the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. That’s all changing, thanks to the two-year effort of the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Work Group, a statewide partnership of over forty Alzheimer’s advocates, each representing the interests of families and professionals.

On Monday, June 20, 2016, the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Work Group is joining with Governor Bullock to introduce the Montana’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Plan: Addressing the Current and Future Needs of Individuals and Families with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. This is a thorough examination and set of recommendations to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease for Montanans. A companion website housing the Montana’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Plan with links to available resources and added information is at www.MTAlzPlan.org.

The impact of Alzheimer’s disease is acutely felt across all sectors of society and has become a pivotal public health issue. The Montana State Alzheimer’s Plan recommendations range from increasing public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease to improving care for those living with the disease and their families and preparing community and health care systems for the imminent escalation. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report, in Montana there are 19,000 people living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and another 49,000 people providing their care.

With soaring prevalence, lack of treatment and no medical breakthroughs yet to prevent, stop or slow Alzheimer’s disease, the numbers will continue to climb. By 2025 the number of people affected in Montana is set to increase by over 40 percent.

“We’ve needed a thoughtfully prepared and purposefully executed Montana Alzheimer’s State Plan,” says Lynn Mullowney, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Montana Chapter. “We have innumerous resources at ready, but have lacked an organized inventory and efficient way to deliver them throughout the state to those in need. We are fortunate to have a skilled and impassioned collective of private individuals and public entities – all wanting to make a difference in the face of this unrelenting illness. Now begins the real work of creating a dementia-capable Montana.”

Following diagnosis, most people survive an average of four to eight years, but many can live as long as 20 years with the disease. Nearly 60 percent of family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rated their emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high. The physical and emotional impact of caregiving on Alzheimer’s and other dementia caregivers resulted in an estimated $10.2 billion in increased caregiver health costs in 2015 across the United States, $30 million for Montana.

Government sanctioned Alzheimer’s state plans explore the current impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the state and outline what steps the state must take over the next five to 10 years to improve services and support for people with the disease and their families. The state planning process provides a mechanism to comprehensively consider the Alzheimer’s crisis by hearing from all of the essential stakeholders: state agency officials, legislators, business leaders, the legal community, care providers, family caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s. States then are able to collectively address the full range of Alzheimer’s issues, including the availability of diagnostic services, Medicaid coverage of long-term care for people with Alzheimer’s and support services for people at all stages of the disease.

In 2012, the first-ever National Alzheimer’s Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease was enacted with the goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025. While the scientific community races toward this goal, Montana’s comprehensive state plan will help to streamline and reduce the cost of Alzheimer’s for families facing the disease now.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, call the Alzheimer’s Association toll-free, 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.