U.S. Postal Service to Issue Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Stamp

(Alzheimer’s Association) The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement applaud the U.S. Postal Service for accepting the request of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to issue a new stamp to promote Alzheimer’s awareness and support research on the disease. The issuance of the Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal Stamp will raise critical public awareness about the disease and aid the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its efforts to increase Alzheimer’s research funding to the appropriate level to cure or effectively treat the disease by 2025.


Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America and the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Still, this statistic comes as a shock to many who are not familiar with the disease. Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and prevalence is projected to increase to as many as 16 million by 2050. Despite the growing numbers, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are underdiagnosed, and that lack of awareness prevents those living with the disease and their caregivers from receiving the care and support they deserve and need.

Today, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and the Alzheimer’s Association applaud the U.S. Postal Service for accepting the request of Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) to issue a new stamp to promote Alzheimer’s awareness and support research on the disease.

This provision has been supported by and long advocated for by AIM and the Association. The issuance of the Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal Stamp will raise critical public awareness about the disease and aid the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its efforts to increase Alzheimer’s research funding to the appropriate level if we are to cure or effectively treat the disease by 2025. Proposed NIH Alzheimer’s research funding totals reached a historic $1.4 billion in Fiscal Year 2017, and an additional $400 million is pending for FY2018.

These recent increases, combined with the proceeds raised by the sale of the Alzheimer’s Disease Semipostal Stamp is providing those affected by the disease with hope.

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