National Alzheimer's Plan Town Hall
The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter held the National Alzheimer’s Plan Town Hall to discuss the plan and its implementation. The event was held in August, where advocates from across East Central Iowa were able to visit with state and federal legislators discussing Alzheimer’s issues and policy designed to meet their needs. The meet and greet was followed by a session moderated by Dr. Bill Thies, Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, National Alzheimer’s Association, which focused on understanding the new National Alzheimer’s Plan. Eastern Iowans had the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and get responses from a panel of local leaders. Participants offered their personal perspectives about what is needed in key areas in order to best capitalize on the historic opportunity of our Nation’s first Alzheimer’s Plan. Town hall attendees also had the chance to send a postcard to Senator Tom Harkin and urge him to support legislation asking for $100 million for Alzheimer's research, education, outreach and community support. Click here to share your story and learn how you can get involved in advocacy with the Alzheimer’s Association.
National Alzheimer's Plan
In 2050, up to 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's disease, creating an enormous strain on the health care system, families and the federal budget. Recognizing this growing crisis, Congress unanimously passed and President Obama signed into law the National Alzheimer's Project Act in 2010, calling for the creation of a National Alzheimer's Plan. This national strategic framework was expected to include outcome-driven objectives, recommendations, and efforts to raise public awareness to diminish the stigma associated with Alzheimer's. The goals of the National Alzheimer's Plan are to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025, to enhance care quality and efficiency, to expand supports for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, to enhance public awareness and engagement and to improve data to track progress.
To learn more about the National Alzhimer's Plan, visit http://napa.alz.org/.
If you have further questions or if you would like more information about the National Alzheimer's Plan Town Hall, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900.