FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 23, 2011
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America President and CEO Appointed Today to the National Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services
NEW YORK, NEW YORK—The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) issued this statement today regarding AFA founding president and chief executive officer Eric J. Hall’s appointment to the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services as established by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act was passed by Congress in December 2010 and signed by President Obama in January 2011. The Act creates the National Alzheimer’s Project, which will coordinate government efforts to prevent and treat the disease as well as create a national strategy for defeating Alzheimer’s disease. The Advisory Council is made up of 12 Federal and 12 non-Federal designees and is tasked with providing the Secretary of Health and Human Services with an initial evaluation of all federally funded efforts in Alzheimer’s research, clinical care, and long-term services and supports and their outcomes; recommendations for priority actions to expand, eliminate, coordinate, or condense programs; recommendations to reduce the financial impact of Alzheimer’s on Medicare and other federally funded programs as well as on the families living with Alzheimer’s disease; and recommendations to improve health outcomes.
Statement by Eric J. Hall, founding president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:
“I would like to thank Secretary Sebelius for appointing me to serve on the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services as established by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA). It is an honor to have a seat at this important table and to represent the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s more than 1,600 member organizations located throughout the United States. I also want to thank President Obama, his Administration and the Bi-partisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease for their unwavering support of NAPA implementation.
“This new Advisory Council is the culmination of years of hard work to move the Alzheimer’s disease issue forward. It is a signal to the American people that leaders in their government are ready to tackle this horrible disease head-on.
“We don’t have the luxury of time to make significant changes in the way we fund research, provide care and manage costs for Alzheimer’s disease. Today, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and as the population ages that number will grow exponentially.
“I intend to make the most of this opportunity to represent the millions of individuals nationwide who devote their lives to care and cure. We have been collecting their feedback for several months and look forward to presenting their views in a report at the first meeting. By coming together to find practical solutions, we will make meaningful change a reality.”
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free hot line, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg