September is World Alzheimer's Month and the Alzheimer's Association has announced that several milestones were reached this year.
Due in part to lobbying by concerned citizens throughout the country, the nation's first-ever National Alzheimer's Plan has been developed. The plan - which supports better treatment for those living with the disease - is a result of the National Alzheimer's Project Act passed by Congress last year. The Alzheimer's Association conducted more than 130 public input sessions to gather the insight that informed the plan. Nearly a quarter million people signed a petition in support of a strong national plan.
In addition, the Alzheimer's Association awarded its largest-ever research grant. The grant of nearly $4.2 million over 4 years was awarded to the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. This grant will be used to study whether earlier intervention can slow or stop the progression of the disease.
Finally, people throughout the northern hemisphere participated in The Longest Day, an event to raise funds for Alzheimer's research and raise awareness about the disease. The event was held on June 20 and called on people to participate in a sunrise-to-sunset endurance relay, with donors pledging various amounts per hour of participation.
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The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. The Alzheimer's Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementia.
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