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Non-Federal Members Named to the National Alzheimer's Project Advisory Council

August 23, 2011

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has added 12 non-federal members to serve on the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services. They are Alzheimer's disease patient advocates, caregivers, health care providers and others with Alzheimer's disease-related expertise who will advise the Secretary on federal programs that impact people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

The full Advisory Council, established May 23, also includes federal members and will meet quarterly to assist in the development of a national plan by HHS, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation to address the disease. The Advisory Council is required by the National Alzheimer's Project Act and its members will serve for overlapping four-year terms.

The National Alzheimer's Project Act, signed by President Obama in January, will help people and families across the country whose lives are touched by Alzheimer's disease. The Act aims to strengthen Alzheimer's research and to improve health and long-term care services for—and reduce the financial burden on—affected individuals.

For more information on the Advisory Committee, please visit http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/

Adapted from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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