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The Administration on Aging (AOA) awarded 12.8 million dollars in grants, aimed at improving access to services for individuals with Alzheimer’s, while the first meeting of the Alzheimer’s Advisory Council assessed current programs that address Alzheimer’s disease.

The grants, which have been awarded to Ohio, New York, Georgia and Minnesota, will help states improve current systems in order to provide individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers with access to needed services, such as caregiver training and home care. The grants will also be aimed at improving access to information about state sponsored programs and streamlining current processes. The awarded states will work collaboratively with Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, Alzheimer’s associations, health departments, and community-based organizations in increasing access to caregiver support programs, as well as health and prevention programs. AOA also requires these grant recipients to promote community living and ensure services and supports foster choice and independence for older adults.

The AOA also participated in the first meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, which was created by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) and charged with creating a national strategy for combating Alzheimer’s disease. At the initial meeting, various federal agencies described current programs and initiatives, highlighting current opportunities at a state and federal level for addressing the disease. The 22-member council also discussed impediments to effectively fighting Alzheimer’s, such as lack of participation in clinical trials and gaps in Alzheimer’s research, and methods of overcoming these problems. The Advisory Council charged the Secretary of Health and Human Services with drafting a national plan by December and planned to meet again in January to discuss the initial draft. 

Read more about the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services and review the complete press release describing AOA’s recently awarded grants.

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