On Friday, June 14 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update.
This updated version of the National Plan includes a summary of progress achieved so far as well as new goals in the areas of research, care and services.
Highlights of the updated plan include new provisions such as:
- Creation of important milestones to facilitate achieving the goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025;
- Development of a curriculum on Alzheimer’s disease for primary care practitioners so that providers have the necessary skills to provide high-quality dementia care;
- Convening an expert panel on advanced dementia to examine the unique and often unaddressed needs of those in the late stages of the disease; and
- Expanding public outreach efforts to increase awareness of the disease and connect those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to available resources.
To read the update, visit http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/NatlPlan2013.pdf
To read the Alzheimer’s Association statement, visit http://www.alz.org/news_and_events_hhs_releases_2013_update.asp