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Annual update to national Alzheimer’s plan adds focus on risk reduction

Isaac Health all about a comprehensive approach to brain health to prevent manifestation and prevention of cognitive impairment or dementia. 

Therefore it has been a great delight to see that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has  announced the release of an annual update to the Department’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which for the first time includes a goal focused on promoting healthy aging by reducing the risks that may contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Under the plan’s new goal, the federal government will accelerate research on risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and strengthen the infrastructure that is necessary to rapidly translate and disseminate information about risk factors, interventions to reduce the burden of risk factors, and related health promotion activities to health care providers, community-based providers, caregivers, and public health networks.

In addition to this year’s added goal on healthy aging and risk reduction, the plan has five other existing ambitious goals to:

  • Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias by 2025
  • Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency
  • Expand Supports for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and Their Families
  • Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement
  • Improve Data to Track Progress

The National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which was signed into law in 2011, established the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services and charged the HHS Secretary with creating and annually updating a National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The plan is developed with input from agencies across HHS and other federal departments as well as recommendations from the Advisory Council, whose membership includes healthcare providers, researchers, caregivers, individuals living with dementia, state representatives, and advocates. 

Visit Alzheimers.gov for information about ongoing research and the many federal resources available to educate and support people whose lives are touched by these devastating diseases.