Pennsylvania’s Looming Dementia Care Crisis, by the Numbers | New
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Pennsylvania Heading Into Deep Crisis In Seniors Care, Experts Warn, As Alzheimer’s And Dementia Rates Continue To Rise, State’s Preparedness Plan Continues To falter, Costs Outrageous care puts pressure on state and family budgets.
Spotlight PA and PublicSource examined the remarkably high stakes in Pennsylvania, home to one of the nation’s oldest populations, and found a wealth of statistics demonstrating both the urgency of the problem and the freezing pace of the response. and the dollar amounts behind a “public health crisis with a looming financial crisis on top.”
Here are the numbers that stand out:
Seven: The number of years since a state-commissioned plan defined steps to prepare for and respond to the growing dementia crisis in Pennsylvania
Eight: the number of action items (out of nine chosen) still unfinished or not yet started
1,500: the number of certified geriatric psychiatrists nationwide
6 million: the number of Alzheimer’s patients across the country
13 million: the projected number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease nationwide by 2050
320,000: the projected number of Alzheimer’s cases in Pennsylvania by 2025
61,760: The number of cases likely to be severe, according to NIH-funded research, and more likely to require full-time dementia-specific services in an elderly care facility
17,157: Current capacity for full-time dementia-specific services in Pennsylvania-licensed senior care facilities
21,290: The increase in the number of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder observed between 2015 and 2020
$ 50: Amount reimbursed by Medicaid in Pennsylvania – a primary payer for dementia care services in nursing homes – is insufficient per resident per day, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, which represents for-profit facilities
4,564: The number of people who received reimbursements from the Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program in 2020
500,000: The estimated number of unpaid family caregivers statewide
$ 58,692: The Average Annual Cost of Memory Care for an Individual in Pennsylvania
$ 34,352: Average annual income per person in Pennsylvania, according to the US Census Bureau
$ 3.7 billion: the amount spent annually under the Pennsylvania Medicaid program for Alzheimer’s care, according to the Alzheimer’s Association
$ 10 billion: The value of unpaid care provided by Pennsylvanians each year to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, which advocates say demonstrates a much greater need for services supported by the state
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