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As we begin the new year, our team is excited about the advancing conversation around addressing the public health crisis of older adults and cognitive decline. Research has shown that about 1 in 3 cases of cognitive decline and memory loss can be prevented through behavioral and lifestyle changes, and seeing how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports this with their updated National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease is an important step forward in serving our growing population of aging adults.
“At HHS, we are committed to supporting all communities affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We are proud of the bold steps we have taken through our National Plan to reduce disparities in Alzheimer’s disease, support people with the disease and their caregivers, and reduce risk factors for the disease through public health measures.”
Ten years after the initial plan was released, the new version released last month is updated with Six Goals that serve as Building Blocks for Transformation:
- Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias by 2025
- Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency
- Expand Supports for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias and their Families
- Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement
- Track Progress and Drive Improvement
- Accelerate Action to Promote Healthy Aging and Reduce Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Together is very proud to be aligned with these goals!
If you’d like to learn more about hearing about the National Plan, please consider following our DID YOU KNOW series on LinkedIn, as we unpack the different modifiable risk factors most highly associated with dementia, and plans to address them. At Together, we are strongly committed to these goals, and are looking forward to all the momentum in the year ahead!