U.S. Launches National War on Alzheimer’s

From USA Today:

Health and Human Services officials are gathering with other medical experts to discuss the framework for the first national plan to fight the disease. The No. 1 goal stated in the early draft  of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act  is to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.  Although the funding levels have not been determined, disease experts compare the multi-agency federal approach of NAPA to the wars on heart disease and cancer.

“I think the potential impact of this plan is huge,” says Ron Petersen, chairman of the NAPA non-federal advisory council and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “Given the economic problems, it’s a bit of a challenge, but this is our chance to make a bold statement.”

President Obama signed NAPA into law last January.

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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