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Historic Plan Introduced to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

Saturday, May 19 2012 6:32 AM

The nation’s first plan to address a full range of issues faced by millions of American families confronting Alzheimer’s disease was released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The development of the “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” is part of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act that was signed into law by the president last year.

“This isn’t just another strategy to be published and sit on a shelf,” said Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. “We are committed to making this strategy a living, breathing action plan that will help us meet our goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.”

The Good Samaritan Society supports work related to research and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, including corporate sponsorship of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. The Association, in a statement released on May 15, applauded the plan.

“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 plan has five goals that include preventing future cases of Alzheimer’s disease and better meeting the needs of families currently facing the disease. These include:

  • Prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025;
  • Optimize care quality and efficiency;
  • Expand supports for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families;
  • Enhance public awareness and engagement; and
  • Track progress and drive Improvement.

The plan states that its goals will “require the active engagement of public and private sector stakeholders to achieve. In the case of many of the long-range goals, the path forward will be contingent on resources, scientific progress, and focused collaborations across many partners.”

Click here to read more about the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.

Source: www.good-sam.com

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