The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) is the largest legislative victory in many years for the Alzheimer’s cause. It’s a law that passed in 2011 and established an integrated national plan to overcome the disease.
Among other items, NAPA includes requirements to:
- Coordinate Alzheimer’s disease research and services across all federal agencies.
- Accelerate the development of treatments to prevent, halt or reverse the course of the disease.
NAPA will also:
- Increase the commitment to Alzheimer’s research.
- Expand education efforts and caregiver support services.
As a result of NAPA, the Alzheimer’s Association and the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) released in 2013 the healthy brain initiative: The public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018.
The Healthy Brain Initiative outlines:
- How state and local public health agencies and their partners can promote cognitive functioning.
- Cognitive impairment for individuals living in the community.
- Help meet the needs of care partners.
Click here for more details about NAPA from the Alzheimer’s Association. And click here for in-depth coverage of NAPA from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Scroll down that page to access links to multiple related papers and blogs.