Alzheimer’s Council Scheduled to Meet to Discuss National Plan for First Time

The Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services are scheduled to meet on July 23, 2012 to discuss the implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.

The plan was announced earlier this year by President Obama and provides $100 million of funding to help combat the disease. 

Scheduled to take place at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the event will be streamed live online. The 22 members of the advisory council meet quarterly as required by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which was passed to ensure the federal government develops a strategy to address Alzheimer’s disease.

This is the first time the group of federal officials, patient advocates, caregivers, researchers, and health associations will meet since the final National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease was released in May. The council will discuss implementation of this national plan.

The initiatives announced include:

  • Research – The funding of new research projects by the NIH will focus on key areas in which emerging technologies and new approaches in clinical testing now allow for a more comprehensive assessment of the disease. This research holds considerable promise for developing new and targeted approaches to prevention and treatment. Specifically, two major clinical trials are being funded. One is a $7.9 million effort to test an insulin nasal spray for treating Alzheimer’s disease. A second study, toward which NIH is contributing $16 million, is the first prevention trial in people at the highest risk for the disease.
  • Tools for Clinicians – The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $2 million in funding through its geriatric education centers to provide high-quality training for doctors, nurses, and other health care providers on recognizing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and how to manage the disease.
  • Easier access to information to support caregivers–HHS’ new website, www.alzheimers.gov, offers resources and support to those facing Alzheimer’s disease and their friends and family. The site is a gateway to reliable, comprehensive information from federal, state, and private organizations on a range of topics. Visitors to the site will find plain language information and tools to identify local resources that can help with the challenges of daily living, emotional needs, and financial issues related to dementia. Video interviews with real family caregivers explain why information is key to successful caregiving, in their own words.
  • Awareness campaign – The first new television advertisement encouraging caregivers to seek information at the new website was debuted. This media campaign will be launched this summer, reaching family members and patients in need of information on Alzheimer’s disease.

Written by John Yedinak

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