HHS Releases Draft of National Plan to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released the draft of the national plan to address Alzheimer's disease.

The National Alzheimer's Project Act was signed into law in January 2011 and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a national plan to improve research and care for people with Alzheimer's. The ASPE released a draft of the first national plan that outlines priorities in the fight against Alzheimer's.

The draft establishes five major goals:

1. Prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025.
2. Optimize care quality and efficiency.
3. Expand supports for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
4. Enhance public awareness and engagement.
5. Track progress and drive improvement.

The plan includes several strategies to reach these goals. For example, one suggested strategy to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025 is to identify research priorities and milestones. One strategy to optimize care quality and efficiency is to build a workforce with the skills to provide high-quality care, according to the plan.

The plan will be open for public comment until March 30.

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