Today, the Obama Administration finalized the first ever national strategy on Alzheimer’s and associated dementias. You can read more about the historic National Alzheimer’s Plan in this USA Today article –> Clock Ticking With New Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s.
What a massive step toward putting forth the resources necessary for major research projects and also to help families currently dealing with the disease – right here, right now. The strategy puts a timeline around finding effective treatments and will shine a spotlight on our fight against Alzheimer’s like never before.
Thanks to research, great advances have been made in treating cancer, and perhaps we are nearing a day when the same will be true for this disease that robs so many people of their so-called golden years, and robs us of our parents, grandparents, spouses, and other family members and friends.
Initially, the plan calls for:
- An $8 million study around an insulin nasal spray shown to be a potentially viable treatment for ALZ.
- A $16 million contribution to an international study examining whether early treatment of amyloid (brain plaque) could head off the disease.
- Government funded training for physicians and other medical professionals, focusing on effective ways to care for ALZ patients and their families.
In concert with National Alzheimer’s Plan, a new website has been established to provide “one-stop shopping” related to research, care, treatment, and community resources. At first blush, this appears to be a fabulous tool for caregivers, so please share the URL with anyone who might need it.
Here’s to a light at the end of the tunnel… It may still be a very dim light, but it’s a light nonetheless. We’ll continue to keep the faith, spread the word, and watch things unfold over the next few years.
If you’d like to read the National Alzheimer’s Plan in its entirety, it can be found here.
Until next time… Carpe diem…