An Update on The Alzheimer’s Project

update-alzheimers-projectIf you are a Michigan caregiver for a loved one who lives with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be familiar with The National Alzheimer’s Project Act. If you aren’t, here is some quick background information.

With the rise in the number of older adults in our country, experts believe that by 2050 someone will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds. To help prepare, The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) was signed in to law by President Obama in January of 2011. NAPA provides the framework to escalate the resources and research needed to deal with what is often referred to as the Silver Tsunami. 

In May 2012 the framework for the National Alzheimer’s Plan was released. In it were three guiding principles for the project:

  • To optimize the existing resources and improve coordination among ongoing activities
  • To support public-private partnerships
  • To transform the way we approach Alzheimer’s disease

National Alzheimer’s Project Act Progress

In June 2013 the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released its yearly update. Among its accomplishments for the year, they listed the successful launch of a new website, Alzheimers.gov. It is a site that coordinates help and support services that are available for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. It covers everything from treatment options to planning ahead if you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Other progress outlined in the 2013 update included funding for two new major clinical trials and issuing grants to help educate over 10,000 health care professionals on dementia.

How Caregivers Can Follow NAPA’s Progress

Another part of NAPA was the provision that the progress of this project be easily followed and monitored. To that end, HHS continues to post Advisory Council meeting dates, summaries and notes online. That includes posting when and how the public can make comments on the project. You can find it at National Alzheimer’s Project Act.

Listserv is also available if you would like to receive notices of actions and Council meetings. To join you only need to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and place the following t0065xt in the body of the message: “subscribe NAPA-L [your name]

Do you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease? Are you following NAPA? If not, are you likely to after learning more about this project?