Draft National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – 23 February 2012

Posted on February 29, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Draft National Plan To Address Alzheimer’s Disease – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – 23 February 2012

“National Alzheimer’s Project Act

On January 4, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), requiring the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the National Alzheimer’s Project to:

Create and maintain an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease
Coordinate Alzheimer’s disease research and services across all federal agencies
Accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt, or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease
Improve early diagnosis and coordination of care and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
Improve outcomes for ethnic and racial minority populations that are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease
Coordinate with international bodies to fight Alzheimer’s globally.

The law also establishes the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services and requires the Secretary of HHS, in collaboration with the Advisory Council, to create and maintain a national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

NAPA offers a historic opportunity to address the many challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Given the great demographic shifts that will occur over the next 30 years, including the doubling of the population of older adults, the success of this effort is of great importance to people with AD and their family members, public policy makers, and health and social service providers.”

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