November 2017 — The U.S. Postal Service is releasing a special stamp to bolster awareness and raise money to combat Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Compass Elder Care Specialists will support the effort by using only Alzheimer’s stamps.
The stamps sell for 60 cents, 11 cents more than for a regular first-class stamp, as part of the Postal Service’s semipostal discretionary program. The Alzheimer’s disease semipostal stamp is the first of five, each of which will have a limited release of two years.
The release of the stamp coincides with November’s designation as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which President Ronald Reagan declared in 1983. At the time of his announcement, Alzheimer’s affected less than 2 million Americans. The number has grown to nearly 5.4 million.
The Alzheimer’s stamp should be available starting in December at post offices, usps.com and by phone at 800-STAMP-24. Proceeds for the stamp will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.