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ACNP Senate Luncheon Legislative Briefing on Healthy Aging

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In recognition of World Mental Health Day (October 10th), The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) will host a lunch legislative briefing in conjunction with the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging to illustrate how neuroscience research informs efforts in treating common mental health problems amongst our aging population such as dementia.

Dementia affects an estimated 47 million people worldwide, a figure set to almost double every 20 years. As the population of the United States ages, Alzheimer's is becoming a more common cause of death. Between 2000 and 2014, deaths from Alzheimer's disease as recorded on death certificates increased 89 percent, while deaths from the number one cause of death (heart disease) decreased 14 percent.

The overall goals of the briefing will be to promote public understanding and knowledge of the social, mental, and fiscal impacts of diabetes, obesity, and dementia, stimulate greater investment and innovation in dementia research, and share the benefits of taking a public health approach to dementia and prevention. Because mental health disorders cross party lines, ACNP believes these findings signal a valuable time for policymakers to hear from experts on these issues within our aging population.

If you have any questions please contact Jasper Hendricks via email at jhendricks@parthenenonmgmt.com or phone (615) 324-2360

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