The Trump administration now has a chance to realign an official government panel that helps shape the U.S. strategy for fighting Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The terms of seven of the 22 members of the federal Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services end Sept. 30.
President Barack Obama signed S. 3036, the bill that created the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, in 2011. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s first HHS secretary, chose the members of the first NAPA advisory council. The council is supposed to help the country find a way to cure or prevent dementia, and to improve efforts to support people affected by dementia while dementia still exists.
Ten of the council members are supposed to come from federal agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.