May 2014


2014 National Alzheimer’s Disease Plan Released

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2014 Update. It shows the progress that has been made toward meeting the goals that were set in 2012. The 2014 Plan has the following five goals: “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.” Read more

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases Report

In a related item to the article above, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has released a new report entitled, “Cost of Care: Quantifying Care-Centered Provisions of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.” The report suggests several action steps for aspects of the national Alzheimer’s plan that could provide significant cost savings—more than $110 billion during a 10-year period—while promoting better health outcomes for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and improving quality of life for their caregivers. You can read more here.

Aging Research at the National Institute on Aging Briefing June 6th

Please join the Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) in Washington, D.C., for a briefing to learn about the groundbreaking research and educational efforts of the NIA. There will also be an informative discussion of the NIA’s funding by leading advocacy organizations. Please note there are briefings at both the House and the Senate. The event is Friday, June 6, 2014, starting at 10 a.m. with the House briefing. Featured speakers include: Richard J. Hodes, M.D., director, National Institute on Aging; Andrew B. Singleton, Ph.D., senior investigator and chief, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging; Susan Peschin, M.H.S., chair, Friends of the NIA, and president & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research; and Kathryn Jedrziewski, Ph.D., co-chair, Friends of the NIA, and deputy director, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania. For more information, go here.

Neuroscience and Aging Discussion September 10th in Washington, D.C.

Carol Barnes, Ph.D., Regents’ professor of Psychology and Neurology at the University of Arizona and director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, will discuss “Aging and the Normal Brain” on September 10, 2014, at 12 p.m. in Washington, D.C. at Rayburn HOB Room 2168, 45 Independence Ave, SW.
The event is part of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus’s 2014 Briefing Series. For more information, please send an email here.

7th Annual FDA/Alzheimer’s Disease Allies Meeting Set for November 6th

Make sure you mark November 6, 2014 on your calendars. ACT-AD will host its 7th Annual FDA/Alzheimer’s Disease Allies Meeting for patient groups, regulators, researchers and industry at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Rd., Bethesda, MD 20852). This meeting will explore challenges related to clinical meaningfulness in therapeutic development for early Alzheimer’s disease. Check out this page for updates.