The Brandon Sun
reports that the U.S. government has put in place the USA's first ever National Alzheimer's Plan. The primary objective of the plan are to develop a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. There is a secondary objective centered on finding ways to provide more effective day-to-day care for dementia symptoms.
Alzheimer's is a disease that attacks the brain. It is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death.
The Washington Times
notes that at this stage the plan has not been presented in detail: it sets out the aims and the target year of 2025. The other aims, in addition to the tow objectives above, are to improve the time taken to diagnose a suffer and to provide better support of the families of sufferers so that they can have a better understanding of how to support a relative with Alzheimer's.
A panel of medical experts and social scientists will be put together so that a more detailed strategy can be shaped. .
The aims are supported by the Alzheimer's Association
which states that "the rapid aging of America as baby boomers enter the age of greatest risk means a dramatic rise in the number of Alzheimer's cases in the coming years." Furthermore, Reuters
presents data which indicates that over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's and the annual care and treatment costs exceed $170 billion.
How quickly the plan is formed and whether it is achievable or not are important points to be resolved. The New Haven Register
considers the enormity of the expenditure involved for the delivery of the U.S. government's goals.