HHS drafts strategic national plan for addressing Alzheimer’s

To meet the needs of an aging population where upwards of one in every eight baby boomers is predicted to develop Alzheimer’s disease, the Department of Health and Human Services has released its draft framework for a national strategic plan to address Alzheimer’s.

The draft includes five major goals with various strategies for success. The goals are for the United States to: prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025; enhance care quality and efficiency for all people with Alzheimer’s; expand patient and family support that expands beyond care provided in institutional settings; enhance public awareness and engagement; and improve data to track progress and make data easily accessible to federal agencies and other researchers.

The Alzheimer’s Association said in a statement that the HHS draft “highlights many solutions” and is a “significant marker” in the process of addressing the disease.

“We expect a detailed plan that includes a timeline, implementation steps and the appropriate commitment necessary to bring the objectives outlined in the framework to fruition,” the association’s statement read.

Read the full “Draft Framework for the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” and its strategies here.

Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia