Even as we search for answers, an aging America must contend with the dire financial and societal impacts of age-related dementia.
The passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) in 2011 focused a national effort to find treatments and support people with dementia and their caregivers.
As a result, the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, announced in 2012 and updated in 2013, provides a cohesive, national plan to move research forward, provide better clinical care, and improve services for people with the disease and their families.
Read the entire report at the
National Institute on Aging
Prepared annually by NIA, the latest report—2012-2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Seeking the Earliest Interventions—discusses the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, describes new investments and research priorities, and summarizes research in several areas:
- biology of Alzheimer’s and the aging brain
- biomarkers for Alzheimer’s progression
- genes that may play a role in the disease
- risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia
- advances in detecting Alzheimer’s disease
- translational research to identify and test new drugs
- potential new therapies to treat, delay, or prevent Alzheimer’s
- gender and racial differences in the impact of Alzheimer’s
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