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
HHS is soliciting nominations for a new, non-federal member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services. Specifically, the position is for someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Visit http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/#position for more information or to submit an application.
The April 29th meeting of the Alzheimer’s Advisory Council featured guest speakers, a preview of the upcoming 2013 National Alzheimer’s Plan, a discussion of research and public comments. Videos from the meeting are now available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/#042913Mtg
On Wednesday April 24, 2013 the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging hosted a hearing titled “The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: Are We On Track to 2025?”. Video of the hearing and copies of testimony from the 4-person witness list can be viewed here.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) addresses the issue of Alzheimer’s disease and the National Alzheimer’s Plan.
Representative Chris Van Hollen (MD) addresses Congress’ role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease.
The next meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services will be held at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday, April 29, 2013 from 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT. The meeting will also be webcast live on http://www.hhs.gov/live.
Additional information is available here:
Earlier this month the Alzheimer’s Association released the 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, which reveals the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation’s health care system.
View the report here
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting nominations for a new, non-Federal member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services.
Read more about the nomination process here.