U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update , a follow-up to the initial plan released in May 2012. The update reflects our national progress towards accomplishing the goals set a year ago, as well as new and revised action steps.
The plan, ordered under the 2011 National Alzheimer’s Project Act , includes: finding ways to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025; enhancing care for Alzheimer’s patients; expanding support for people with dementia and their families; improving public awareness; and carefully tracking data to support these efforts. The Plan was developed collaboratively by experts in aging and Alzheimer’s disease from federal, state, private and non-profit organizations.
“Over the past year, the Plan has provided a framework for the progress made to relieve the burden of dementia on individuals, families, our health care system and our economy,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “Researchers are expanding their work on prevention and treatment and we are getting clinicians the tools they need to help people with the disease. By enhancing collaboration between the public and private sectors, the Plan is breaking down walls that have prevented the sharing of expertise, data and resources needed to combat the disease and provide the best care possible.”
Highlights over the past year include:
The update plan also identifies additional action steps that HHS and its partners will take. These include:
For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit www.alzheimers.gov 
To read the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2013 Update, visit http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/NatlPlan2013.shtml .