The national alzheimer’s project act (napa)


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Amberwood Care Centre hosted a seminar, "The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA)", on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The seminar, presented by Dr. Malgorzata Bach from the Brain Center at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bach discussed such topics as:
Alzheimer's as an escalating epidemic & economic crisis
NAPA and the new law to address these crisis
The Alzheimer's Association Report
Dr. Bach is a Neurologist at the new Memory Clinic at the Rockford Health System and was recently featured in the November 26th, 2011 edition of the Rockford Register Star. The article covered the National Alzheimer's Project Act and the impact of dementia on patients, caregivers and the health care system overall. Dr. Bach received her medical degree at Jagiellowski University Collegium Medicum in Krakow, Poland and completed her neurology fellowship and residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She completed her internship at Resurrection Medical Center-Westlake in Melrose Park, IL. Dr. Bach started her career in the Brain and Spine Center at Rockford Health System in 2006.

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The national alzheimer’s project act (napa)

  1. 1. The National Alzheimer ’s Project Act (NAPA)- a national strategic plan to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Malgorzata Bach M.D. Memory Clinic at the Brain and Spine Center Rockford, IL 1/18/12
  2. 2. The National Alzheimer ’s Project Act (Public Law 111-375) Jan 2011 <ul><li>• An annually updated national plan submitted to </li></ul><ul><li>Congress on how to overcome Alzheimer ’s. </li></ul><ul><li>• Annual recommendations for priority actions to </li></ul><ul><li>both improve health outcomes for individuals </li></ul><ul><li>with Alzheimer ’s and lower costs to families and </li></ul><ul><li>government programs. </li></ul><ul><li>• The annual evaluation of all federally funded </li></ul><ul><li>efforts in Alzheimer ’s research, care and services, </li></ul><ul><li>as well as their outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>• The creation of an Advisory Council on </li></ul><ul><li>Alzheimer ’s Research, Care and Services. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Alzheimer's News 11/8/11 Report captures insights on challenges a national Alzheimer ’s plan must address
  4. 4. Methodology <ul><li>The Alzheimer's Association hosted a nationwide public input campaign (43,000 participants): </li></ul><ul><li>3 national input sessions (Washington D.C.,Chicago,San Francisco)- May and August 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>132 public input sessions-July-October 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Online submission to </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Town Hall input sessions-August 4 2011 </li></ul>
  5. 5. 10 Leading issues that NAPA must address: <ul><li>1. A lack of public awareness </li></ul><ul><li>2. Insufficient research funding </li></ul><ul><li>3. Difficulties with diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>4. Poor dementia care </li></ul><ul><li>5. Inadequate treatments </li></ul><ul><li>6. Specific challenges facing diverse communities </li></ul><ul><li>7. Specific challenges facing those with younger-onset Alzheimer ’s </li></ul><ul><li>8. Unprepared caregivers </li></ul><ul><li>9. Ill-equipped communities </li></ul><ul><li>10. Mounting costs </li></ul>
  6. 6. Understanding Alzheimer ’s disease crisis: National epidemic <ul><li>5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer ’s today </li></ul><ul><li>By 2050 as many as 16 million Americans will have AD </li></ul><ul><li>1:8 people age 65 and older have AD </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly half of people over 85 have AD </li></ul><ul><li>Someone new develops Alzheimer ’s every 69 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>AD is the sixth-leading cause of death in the US, and yet it is the only cause among the top 10 without a way to prevent, cure or slow its progression. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Understanding Alzheimer ’s disease crisis: Economic costs <ul><li>In 2011, caring for those with Alzheimer ’s will cost $183 billion ( $11 billion more than last year). </li></ul><ul><li>By 2050 the cost will increase to trillion and the Medicare spending will increase nearly 600%, and Medicaid spending will increase nearly 400%. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1. Lack of public awareness of Alzheimer ’s disease <ul><li>“ Nearly everyone that I come in contact with has no understanding of what is like to have Alzheimer’s. When I describe anything that goes on with my mother, they are always surprised.”-Lake Isabella, MI </li></ul><ul><li>“ At times, some doctors implied that we should not talk with others about my husband’s condition, as though it was something to be ashamed of”-Tulsa, OK </li></ul>
  9. 9. 2. Insufficient research funding <ul><li>“ This is what frustrates me the most. We live in a country where we spend millions of dollars for our favorite sports teams but can’t spend the same money to find a cure for this disease.”-Dallas, TX </li></ul><ul><li>“ An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is worse than stage 4 malignant cancer disease-with Alzheimer’s there is NO hope of beating the adds….”-Mechanicsburg, PA </li></ul><ul><li>“ Most people affected by the disease find a way to meet the challenges, with or without public support. But they can’t find the cure. That takes qualified researchers. Public investment in research should be job one.”-Moline, Il </li></ul>
  10. 10. 3. Difficulties with detection and diagnosis <ul><li>“ It took about eight years of chasing symptoms before we were given a diagnosis”-Tempa, FL </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is tremendous confusion when people go out to the hospital. Hospitals seen to want to re-diagnose what has already been established. This can be helpful, but sometimes it just gets out of control. I had to repeat, repeat, repeat medical histories over and over and over, and it just gets exhausting.”-New York, NY </li></ul>
  11. 11. 4. Poor dementia care <ul><li>“ What’s out there now is a patchwork of people and agencies who don’t know who else is out there or what services they provide. It’s a nightmare, and it is no better now, when I am trying to take care of my mother, than it was 15 years ago when I was my grandfather’s caregiver.”-Hebron, IN </li></ul>
  12. 12. 5. Inadequate treatments <ul><li>“ Treatments for Alzheimer’s disease? WHAT treatments? This is the forgotten disease, literally. You hear about support for every other disease but Alzheimer’s”.-Red Bank, NJ </li></ul><ul><li>“ The distinctive challenge is that the doctors are stumped. It’s basically a trial and error system, and they just try different drugs to see what works and what doesn’t.”-Simi Valley, CA </li></ul>
  13. 13. 6. Specific challenges facing diverse communities <ul><li>“ People from diverse ethnic communities are not properly diagnosed because of socioeconomic, language and cultural barriers. Early diagnosis and available treatments and care options are helpful for individuals affected with the disease, especially during early-stage. Most interventions and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease patients from the Latino community, for example, take place at advanced stage of the disease process.”-Philadelphia, PA </li></ul>
  14. 14. 7. Specific challenges facing those with younger-onset Alzheimer ’s. <ul><li>“ My biggest obstacle for the past three years of taking care of my now 50 year-old sister is her age. We need more programs available for the younger ones affected by the disease. I am in shock at how many programs turned us away, including housing, daycare, in-home care, etc., because of her age. Apparently my sister is not old enough to have Alzheimer’s!”-Chester, MA </li></ul>
  15. 15. 8. Unprepared caregivers <ul><li>“ It is hard enough to help a loved one who is confused when you are confused yourself about how best to help them.”-Green Bay, WI </li></ul>
  16. 16. 9. Ill-equipped communities <ul><li>“ How do you pick up a 200-pound man? That’s how much my husband weighed. I had to put him in a home when I could no longer move him.”-Sequim, WA </li></ul>
  17. 17. 10. Mounting costs of care <ul><li>“ Most insurance won’t cover just custodial care and personal care assistance, but this is what is disabling and killing the caregivers of these patients. Even long-term health care benefits cover this partially, and most people don’t have it due to the prohibitive costs of the plans available.”-Laguna Hills, CA </li></ul>