National Alzheimer's Plan Released in USA

15 May 2012 - The US government has released a national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease, following the signing of the National Alzheimer's Project Act last year. The plan was developed with input from experts in aging and Alzheimer’s disease issues and calls for a comprehensive, collaborative approach across federal, state, private and non-profit organizations. More than 3,600 people or organizations submitted comments on the draft plan.

The goals set out in the plan are to:

  • Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025
  • Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency

  • Expand Supports for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Their Families
  • Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement

  • Improve Data to Track Progress

"This is a strong plan that promises important progress when implemented," said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association. "For all Americans — not just the more than 5 million living with Alzheimer's and their 15 million caregivers today — this plan is an historic achievement. The Association thanks our tireless advocates, the administration and Congress and for making today possible. We look forward to building on the momentum created by the National Alzheimer's Plan and working without pause to ensure it is implemented effectively."

View the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease at the US Department of Health & Human Services website.

The Alzheimer's Association has a dedicated website dedicated to the effective implementation of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) at napa.alz.org.