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NAPA Advisory Council Convenes Tomorrow

The advisory council of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act will convene for the first time tomorrow (September 27) at 9:30 a.m. ET  at the Administration on Aging headquarters in Washington, D.C.

National Alzheimer’s Project Act, signed into law in January, will create a coordinated national plan to overcome the Alzheimer’s crisis and will ensure the coordination and evaluation of all national efforts in Alzheimer’s research, clinical care, institutional, and home- and community-based programs and their outcomes.

The advisory council will hear presentations and provide feedback on inventories of federal activities to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, gaps that can be addressed, and opportunities for collaboration. The advisory council is specifically charged with discussing and making recommendations to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, on priorities for a national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The advisory council consists of 22 members, including two patient advocates, two family caregivers, two health care providers, two representatives of state health departments, two researchers, and two voluntary health association representatives.

You can be a part of tomorrow’s meeting:

  • View a webcast of the meeting here (password is NAPA2011).
  • Listen in by phone by calling (888) 995-9570; passcode is 1781361.
  • Send your comments and suggestions via email to or by writing: Helen Lamont, Ph.D., H.H.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Room 424E, Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20201

To learn more about NAPA and its advisory council, visit here.

(Editor’s Note: Thanks to Paula Span and The New York Times blog, The New Old Age, for the heads-up about tomorrow’s meeting.)

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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