Today, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease sets forth five goals, including the development of effective prevention and treatment approaches for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025.
The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which President Obama signed into law in January 2011.
In a press release issued today, Sebelius announced additional specific actions, including the funding of two major clinical trials; the development of new high-quality, up-to-date training and information for our nation’s clinicians; and a new public education campaign and website to help families and caregivers find the services and support they need.
To help accelerate this urgent work, the President’s proposed FY 2013 budget provides a $100 million increase for efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease. These funds will support additional research ($80 million), improve public awareness of the disease ($4.2 million), support provider education programs ($4.0 million), invest in caregiver support ($10.5 million), and improve data collection ($1.3 million).
As many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is likely to double in the coming years. At the same time, millions of American families struggle with the physical, emotional and financial costs of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information on the national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease, visit: www.alzheimers.gov.
So what do you think of this plan? Do you think it’s possible to develop Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment methods within the next decade or so? What kind of supports/advancements would you like to see in place?