In 2011, The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) established an advisory council to provide advice and consultation on how to prevent or reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias on people with the disease and their caregivers. The Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services meets quarterly to discuss programs that impact people, and the council is looking for seven new members to join its efforts. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are an estimated 5.5 million people who are currently living with this disease. Joining the Advisory Council provides opportunities to help those who are afflicted.
The Advisory Council has three main responsibilities. First, the council makes recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of HHS on ways to reduce the financial challenges caused by Alzheimer's and related dementias, and to improve health outcomes for those with these conditions.
Second, the Advisory Council provides feedback on the National Plan for Alzheimer's disease and, finally, recommends updates based on the success of the previous year’s plan.
HHS is currently accepting nominations for seven new non-federal members of the Advisory Council to replace the seven members whose terms will end on September 30, 2017. The council is made up of 22 members; 10 are designated by federal agencies, and 12 are non-federal roles such as dementia caregivers, health care providers and patient advocates.
More information about the Advisory Council and how to submit a nomination is available at www.federalregister.gov.