Alzheimer’s and dementia in assisted living residents

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 20% of Florida’s population is over the age of 65 (~4.1 million people) and 16% of New York’s population is over the age of 65 and (~3.1 million people).

The percentage of residents living in assisted living facilities are comparable between New York and Florida. However, Florida has a slightly higher percentage of residents living with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. In terms of activities of daily living (ADL’s), there is almost twice the percentage of assisted living residents in Florida that need assistance with going to the restroom, transferring beds and even with eating, than in New York. Florida also has almost 5 times the amount of assisted living communities than in New York.

This is not entirely surprising since Florida is known for a retirement destination for a great number of people in the United States. There are more than twice the amount of beds throughout Florida in assisted living facilities than in New York. Roughly 20% of the residents living in ALF’s rely on Medicaid for long term care in both Florida and New York. This was surprising to me because I was under the impression that there would be more Medicaid recipients in Florida. Though there are so many more people living in ALF’s in Florida, more of New York’s ALF’s provide mental health/counseling services.


The same percentage of facilities offer depression screening services in New York and Florida at 80%. In Florida, assisted living facilities employ a little under 50,000 people. In New York, there are about 20,000 jobs less than that. Florida brings in considerably more federal revenue than New York at $378 million. Federally, the ALF’s in the state of NY bring in $245 million. In state and local revenue, Florida actually brings in less than NY, which is surprising – about $16 million less.







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