President Obama signs landmark legislation for the coming fight against Alzheimer’s
On 01/04/11 President Obama signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) into law. NAPA creates a coordinated national strategy to confront Alzheimer’s. NAPA will provide an essential framework within the government to recognize the crisis that Alzheimer’s presents to our country. Alzheimer’s is one of America’s most feared and costly diseases, a disease that will only plague more baby boomers as they age.
Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association president and CEO says, ““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.”
He continues, “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 fact that Alzheimer’s is the only one of the top 10 causes of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow it underscores the critical need for the swift, aggressive implementation of this legislation.”
Building on the work of the Alzheimer’s Association and the recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Study Group, an independent, bipartisan panel created to evaluate the government’s current efforts to combat the disease, NAPA will lead to the creation of a national strategic plan to overcome the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic. It would 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.
The Alzheimer’s Association stands with millions of Alzheimer families in thanking President Obama for signing this legislation into law and looks forward to working with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to fulfill the promise of NAPA.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.
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