Support Alzheimer’s Research Every Time You Send a Letter

Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal StampThe U.S. Post Office to Issue Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal Stamp to Raise Money for and Awareness of Alzheimer’s Research

Despite the fact that Alzheimer’s affects over five million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is still significantly under-diagnosed. In an effort to continue raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and to increase donations for research into the disease, the U.S. Postal Service has announced that it will issue a new Alzheimer’s stamp on Thursday, November 30th. (Here’s a preview of the Alzheimer’s stamp, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.)

Introducing the New Semi-Postal Stamp

The new Alzheimer’s stamp will be a little different than a typical first class stamp. It will cost consumers $0.60 per stamp, with proceeds going to the Department of Health and Human Services where it will be used to support Alzheimer’s research and treatment.

Congressional Powerhouses

This stamp didn’t happen on its own. It was strongly supported by Congressional Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

On June 21, 2017, Rep Waters reintroduced the Alzheimer’s Research Semipostal Stamp Act (H.R. 2973), which was supported by more than 100 Members of Congress from both political parties. (See Rep Waters’ full press release about the stamp.)

How Everyday People Make the Difference

While Rep Waters and Rep Cummings worked incredibly hard to make the Alzheimer’s stamp possible, it also got a big push from everyday folks who have become fierce Alzheimer’s advocates. In her press release, Rep Waters thanks Dan Gasby and his wife, B Smith for supporting the bill. They are just two of many advocates who worked long and hard to make the Alzheimer’s stamp a reality.

How You Can Support Alzheimer’s Awareness and Research

If you are looking for a way to support Alzheimer’s awareness and research, the easiest thing to do is to visit your local post office on or after November 30th and request the new Alzheimer’s stamp. If you regularly send out Christmas or holiday cards each year, slap one of these stamps on each card you send out.

The creation of the Alzheimer’s stamp also shows how much advocates can accomplish when they put their minds and energy toward a shared cause. Being an Alzheimer’s advocate doesn’t have to mean giving up your life for the cause. Even just speaking out about your experiences to friends and neighbors or on social media can raise awareness of the disease. Occasionally posting links to news stories or to Alzheimer’s nonprofits on social media can also help. If you want to do even more, the Alzheimer’s Association has a great advocacy network that you can join. We also encourage you to read our previous blog post about how to become an Alzheimer’s advocate.

Finally, even the toughest and most passionate Alzheimer’s advocates need a shoulder for support and an ear ready to listen sometimes. If you live in the Poway area of California, we invite you to our free caregiver support group, which is open to the public. Meet others in your area who are facing the challenges and uplifting calling of being a caregiver.



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