The U.S. government has set a target, to effectively treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, by the year 2025.
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 is to develop a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The secondary objective is 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. However, 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 of how it will reach its objectives by the target year of 2025. Additional objectives are to improve the time taken to diagnose and to provide better support for families.
These 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.Tags: Alzheimer, Alzheimer's, dementia, National Alzheimer's Plan, s Association