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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

In the United States, an estimated 6.7 million people are living with some form of dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association Kansas Facts and Figures, in 2020 there were 55,000 people over 65 years of age living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in Kansas. It is estimated that number will increase to 62,000 by the year 2025, a 12.7% increase. Simultaneously, there is an increasing shortage of direct care providers in the aging, disability and public health networks. 

About Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Dementia refers to loss of memory, language, and other thinking skills that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, making up 60-80% of those diagnosed.

National Alzheimer’s Call Center – 24/7 Helpline

Alzheimer's HelplineThe Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline is funded in part by grants from the Administration on Aging and the Administration for Community Living and is available around the clock, 365 days a year at 1-800-272-3900. 

Through this free service, specialists and master’s-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with dementia, caregivers, families and the public.

Contact the Helpline day or night to:
  • Speak confidentially with master’s-level care consultants for decision-making support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day.
  • Learn about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Find out about local programs and services.
  • Get general information about legal, financial and care decisions, as well as treatment options.
  • Receive help in your preferred language through our bilingual staff or interpreter service, which accommodates more than 200 languages.

Dementia Caregivers

In 2022, approximately 89,000 Kansas caregivers provided more than 125 million hours of care to someone living with dementia. That unpaid value of care is more than $1.99 billion.  Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia is both rewarding and challenging.  You don’t have to do it on your own.  This section provides information on available programs, supports and other resources. 

Eldercare Locator

Welcome to the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach us at 1-800-677-1116.

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General Caregiver Resources

Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Plan

In response to this public health care crisis, in May 2019 Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order No. 19-08, Establishing the Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force.  Task Force members divided into committees that studied, researched and documented the following topics for the plan: Public Awareness, Access to Care, Family Caregivers, Training and Workforce, Safety and Legal, Research and Data, Dementia Care, and Rural.

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