On Wednesday, January 5th, 2011, President Obama signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) into law, marking the largest legislative victory for Alzheimer’s in years. The new law will spur the creation of a coordinated national plan to overcome the Alzheimer’s crisis through coordination and evaluation of Alzheimer’s research, care, and programs.
The road to the passage of NAPA began over three years ago, when Alzheimer’s Association Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Robert Egge co-authored an article calling for the development of a national Alzheimer’s strategy. The monumental passage of NAPA would not have been possible without the efforts of advocates across the country that wrote over 50,000 emails and made nearly 10,000 phone calls.
You can read more about NAPA and the timeline leading to its passage here.