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 fundtioning 
  • 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.