Jennifer MuellerVice President, Info. Center; Privacy Officer608-274-1820EMAIL: Jennifer Mueller
The WHA Information Center analyzed inpatient and emergency department claims in Wisconsin from 2018-2021 to see how Alzheimer’s affects hospital patients in the state. More than 40% of all Alzheimer’s-related visits made during that time were from people between the ages of 81 and 90. The average age of patients was 79. There was no difference in visits between genders, which is on trend with national data. Neither gender is more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia than the other.
The Alzheimer’s Association states that worldwide, there are more than 55 million people who are living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. In 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 5.8 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease. The CDC expects that number to climb to about 95 million by 2060.
WHA’s 2022 Wisconsin Health Care Workforce Report shows that an aging workforce combined with a spike in worker departures associated with nationwide employment disruption dubbed the “Great Resignation” created unprecedented levels of vacancy rates in health care professions in 2021.
The WHA Information Center (WHAIC) provides actionable information to increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which Wisconsin hospitals provide care to their communities. And the latest WHAIC data resource—the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Mapping Tool—is no exception.
The Guide to Wisconsin Hospitals provides detailed information about each hospital in Wisconsin. For each hospital, the publication provides selected measures of utilization, service, staffing and finance.