Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Awareness Efforts
AHCCCS is an active member of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force, a multi-organizational team convened in 2010 to develop plans to support the growing population of adults in our state who experience Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Governor Doug Ducey endorsed the Alzheimer’s State Plan in 2015 and launched community Calls to Action in 2016. Currently, three AHCCCS staff members serve on various sub-committees, offering particular healthcare delivery expertise and broad support for insured and uninsured populations.
The Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force has developed the Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan: A Framework for Action, a comprehensive tool to guide public and private sector members toward the common goals of:
- Maximize public awareness and understanding
- Develop new and enhance existing supports for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families
- Expand dementia-capable workforce in Arizona
- Advance and disseminate research
- Create a dementia-capable system in Arizona
The Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force created “calls to action” to support stakeholders to get involved and make a different in the lives of Arizonans experiencing Alzheimer’s and their families. Whether you are a policymaker, volunteer organization, human service provider, researcher or an individual experiencing Alzheimer’s there is a “call to action” for you.
Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease
- More than 130,000 Arizonans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and it’s projected that number will reach 200,000 by the year 2025
- Dementia is a general, umbrella term to describe the of decline in mental capacity. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.
- Dementia is NOT a normal part of aging
- Alzheimer’s disease was the 5th leading cause of death in Arizona in 2014 (Alzheimer’s Association)
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed November 2017 Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Arizona in an effort to draw attention to the many resources in our state for individuals experiencing and living with dementia or caring for family members affected by the disease.
Resources for Individuals and Families
Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS)
AHCCCS supports individuals experiencing Alzheimer’s and related Dementia and their families through the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) oftentimes in their own home by providing in-home care services such as attendant care respite care. ALTCS also provides residential or skilled nursing institutional services should the need arise. Learn more about eligibility for and services covered under the ALTCS program.
Other Community Resources
- Locate your local Area Agency on Aging or call 800-272-3900
- Call the Arizona Caregiver Coalition, Caregiver Resource Line at 1-888-737-7494
- Contact the Department of Economic Security Aging and Disability Services
- Find more tools and resources visit AZLinks.gov