Menendez Applauds Release of National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

Menendez Applauds Release of National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a longtime advocate for increased federal recognition of and support for individuals and families struggling with Alzheimer's, applauded the Administration for its release today of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, called for as part of the National Alzheimer's Project Act, which the Senator co-sponsored.

"The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease - the country's first blueprint of its kind -- not only promises important progress in the fight against Alzheimer's, but lays a clear path toward achieving the goal of preventing and treating the disease," said Menendez. "Even in this political climate, all of us in Congress share in the understanding that this is a devastating disease which impacts not just those suffering, but their families, caregivers and our health care system. As a son who witnessed his mother lose her tough battle with Alzheimer's, I can say without question this is a day advocates have long been waiting for. I look forward to seeing this plan turn into action."

The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease is being called a "historic achievement" by the Alzheimer's Association and includes two large-scale clinical trials, including the first-ever prevention trial for the progressive brain disease. The plan comes at a time when more than 5 million Americans are facing the challenges of Alzheimer's and nearly 15 million Americans serve as caregivers. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 without a way to cure, prevent, or even slow its progression. Alzheimer's will cost the nation $200 billion this year alone.

The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease was mandated as part of the National Alzheimer's Project Act (P.L. 111-375) which was signed into law on January 4, 2011. The law created the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services to provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services with detailed recommendations on how to most efficiently and effectively focus research efforts into the disease, as well as into the best evidence-based treatment and care options for those suffering with the disease and their families.

Additionally, Senator Menendez continues to fight for critical funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supports legislation to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating disease. He is the recipient of the Alzheimer's Association's Humanitarian Award in recognition of his ongoing work to improve federal response to Alzheimer's disease. Most recently, Senator Menendez with a group of New Jerseyans in Washington, D.C. for the 2012 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum to hear first-hand how the disease is impacting people in the State.

Click here to view the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.

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