National Alzheimer’s Project Act

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.