Thanks to over 35,000 petition signatures on Care2 and huge efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association, U.S. Congress and President Obama passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA)!
This legislation will work towards a national plan to overcome the Alzheimer’s epidemic that affects so many people in the U.S.. The number of people affected by Alzheimer’s is growing daily and this legislation is a huge step in helping the Alzheimer’s fight.
Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association president and CEO commented,
“The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased that a much-needed plan will now be put into place to address the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, currently the sixth-leading cause of death in this country. In fact, among the 10 leading causes of death, it is by far the fastest growing- increasing more than 50 percent from 2000 to 2007. Given the devastation experienced by millions of families because of this disease and the staggering economic costs, particularly to Medicare and Medicaid, we must have an effective strategy now.”
The NAPA law will work towards the following, according to Alzheimer’s Weekly:
- NAPA will lead to the creation of a national strategic plan to overcome the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic.
- NAPA will also establish an inter-agency council to work with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to give a full assessment of what needs to be done to address the threat of Alzheimer’s on multiple fronts including care, research and support.
- NAPA ensures strategic planning and coordination of the fight against Alzheimer’s across the federal government as a whole.
This legislation is a great step forward in fighting Alzheimer’s disease!
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