On May 15, 2012 the Obama Administration released an aggressive national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. In January of 2011 the President signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) into law that sets forth five goals, including the development of effective prevention and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025.
In February 2012, the Obama administration announced that they would take immediate action to implement parts of the plan. This includes making additional funding available in the 2012 fiscal year to support research, provide education, and allow for more public awareness of the disease. On May 15th Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, announced some specific measures that would take place in order to put NAPA into action. The plan includes the following:
To help accelerate these actions, President Obama’s proposed 2013 fiscal year budget provides a $100 million increase for efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease. This funding would be broken down the following way to support:
This plan was developed with the input from experts in Alzheimer’s disease. More than 3,600 people or organizations submitted comments for the draft plan. These initiatives show the government’s continued commitment to fight against Alzheimer’s disease with the goal of unlocking a method to prevent it by 2025.