The National Alzheimer’s Project Act and National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

National Alzheimer’s Project Act

The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011. NAPA called for a national strategic plan among federal agencies to address and overcome the challenges presented by the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) directs the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to:

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

The website for the NAPA can be accessed at http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/ . The site includes additional information about the project act as well as the proceedings of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services that was established by the law.

National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s

The Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services and the Secretary of HHS, were required to create and maintain a national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s was released in May, 2012, and can be accessed at http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/natlplan.shtml .
Building on the preliminary work on the National Plan, in February, 2012, the Obama administration announced a $156 million investment including immediately increasing Alzheimer’s disease research funding, sustaining and growing the Alzheimer’s disease research investment in fiscal year 2013, and providing funds to support the goals of the national plan including:

  • Education and outreach to improve the public’s understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Outreach to enhance health care providers’ knowledge of the disease.
  • Expanded support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and caregivers in the community.
  • Improved data collection and analysis to better understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias on people with the diseases, families and the health and long-term care systems.

 

Updated Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:59PM