Alzheimer’s care just got a big boost from the federal government this week as part of its effort to provide coordinated efforts for eldercare in America. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act will create the National Alzheimer’s Project, which would centralize government efforts to prevent and treat the disease and create a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer’s disease. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday and the Senate last week, the bill is now headed to President Obama.
“We at the Department of Health and Human Services recognize the devastating impact Alzheimer’s has on America’s seniors, families and our health care system. The disease currently afflicts more than five million Americans, and that number is likely to double in the coming years. The passage of this Act will help to ensure we confront this challenge with an aggressive and coordinated national strategy. I look forward to implementing the legislation’s provisions swiftly and effectively,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in statement released after the passage of the act.