National plan to address alzheimer’s disease

APA remarks addressed the inclusion of psychology, expanding research beyond biomarkers, addressing the importance and sensitivity of neuropsychological measures in predicting conversion to AD, and the need for risk factor prevention education

In January 2011, The National Alzheimer’s Plan Act (NAPA) was enacted. It mandates development of a national plan to overcome AD and to coordinate research and services across federal agencies. It also established the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services to work with the Secretary of HHS to develop and maintain the national plan. The Draft Framework for the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease (PDF, 504KB) was released in January and the Draft National Plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease was released on February 22. APA provided detailed written comments on both the framework and the draft plan with support from CONA, Division 40 and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. APA remarks focused on: explicitly including both psychologist researchers and practitioners throughout the document; expanding the research agenda being developed beyond biomarkers to include behavioral research; addressing the importance and sensitivity of neuropsychological measures in predicting conversion to AD; and the need to include risk factor prevention in public education efforts

APA also provided oral comments at meetings of the Advisory Council (PDF, 441KB). The first oral comment was given by Deborah DiGilio, MPH, director of the Office on Aging, Public Interest Directorate and the second by Howard Kurtzman, PhD, deputy director, Science Directorate. Deborah and Patricia Kobor of the Science Government Relations Office have jointly coordinated the APA response on this issue.