The USPostal Service will issue a stamp next year to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease.
For the stamp image, art director Ethel Kessler worked with illustrator Matt Mahurin to draw attention to the importance of caregivers in the lives of those who have the disease. "For the person with Alzheimer's, that interaction with the caregiver means everything," said Kessler. Three words — care, support, research — appear in the upper-right corner of the stamp sheet.
The Alzheimer's Awareness commemorative stamp continues the Postal Service tradition of raising public awareness of health and social issues through its stamp program. Recent stamps have highlighted important issues such as literacy, hospice care, breast cancer awareness, AIDS awareness, organ and tissue donation, and philanthropy; and, in the case of the Breast Cancer Research stamp, helped raise funds for research.