Posts Tagged ‘Collaboration’

Together We Saved The Alzheimer’s Stamp


Kathy Siggins and Lynda Everman are thrilled to share the welcome news that, thanks to YOUR advocacy, the US Postal Service has reinstated sales of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Semipostal Stamp effective October 5, 2020:  https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/0904-alzheimer-semipostal-fundraising-stamp-returning.htm

Before it was withdrawn in November 2019, over 8.2 million stamps were sold raising $1,061,777 for NIH supported research to advance better treatments, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. 

We’re grateful to all who took the time to advocate for this program. The document published in the Federal Register calling for comments to the proposed provisions governing the Discretionary Semipostal Stamp Program clearly noted that the impetus for continuing sales came from caring individuals and organizations in the Alzheimer’s community and our allies in Congress who were unwilling to see almost 492 million stamps needlessly destroyed.

Today’s announcement is a favorable milestone in a multi-year effort by Kathy and me. Kathy has championed this since 1999, leading the charge for the original Alzheimer’s commemorative stamp that was released in 2008 with these words from then Postmaster General John Potter: “With the Alzheimer’s Awareness commemorative stamp, we’ll ask Americans to use the power of mail to raise awareness about this tragic disease. We hope to draw attention to the causes of the disease, the impact it has on individuals, caregivers and society, and how research may eventually lead to treatments that prevent or halt the progression of the disease.”

With today’s announcement, we hope for this and more. Because it is a semipostal, it will raise awareness and critical research funds. Using the Alzheimer’s stamp honors the memory of those whom we’ve lost and signals our support for those still facing the challenges of this most difficult disease.

On a personal note, I imagine most of us have experienced the power of a handwritten card or letter to express support in times of personal distress and comfort in times of grief. I often think of my late husband Richard who, at the end of his life, resided in an assisted living community. He had a dear friend who frequently sent him a card or a short note. These got tucked in the pockets of Richard’s shirts and pants and were pulled out to be read again and again. With each reading he felt remembered, loved, and affirmed.  It was a simple, yet powerful gift, that a decade later I still remember with deep gratitude. With this reissue, we all have the opportunity to reach out in a similar way to someone needing encouragement and can now post it with a fundraising Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp.

Please continue to buy it, use it, gift it, and promote it to help #StampOutAlzheimers!

Purchase Your Stamps:

at: local post office

or online at: usps.com 

Beginning October 5th! 

Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio – Shifting dementia care from crisis to comfort around the world one episode at a time by raising all voices and delivering sounds news, not just sound bites since 2011.

Support Alzheimer’s Speaks work by Downloading the Song “Clarion Call” by the Mark Arneson Band featuring Mia Dorr on your favorite msuic APP.

Lori La Bey Can Help Your Organization Switch To Virtual Presentations For Staff Trainings, Family Support, Perspective Clients and Support Gatherings.

Accepting Dementia in Your Life


For a Complete List of Dementia Chats Videos – Click Here

We would love to here your thoughts and comments on this tip.

See What Others Have Say About Lori La Bey

I want to echo the thanks and appreciation of my colleagues… Your presentations were movingly authentic, fully engaging and wonderfully informative. Thank you for all that you are doing, and all that you’ve done for us!

Carla Koehl, Director of Community RelationsArtis Senior Living of Lexington

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

                                            Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Downloadable Tips Below

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Gains Alzheimer's Trail - Premiere on Alzheimer's Speaks YouTube Channel

Read Full Post »

Ideas & Collaboration From Australia on Dementia

Mark Your Calendars For A Special Addition

On Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio June 16th, 2014

061214_ASR_banner_coin_corinne_AUJoin The Conversation!   (714) 364-4757

5pm EST, 4pm CST, 3pm MST, 2pm PST, 10pm London on June 16th

and 7am Australia time June 17th

Click Below to go Directly to the show. If you can’t make the time, listen later!

colin mcdonnell

Our guest today will be Colin McDonnell, Care Services Manager at Unitingcare Ageing’s at Starrett Lodge NSW Australia . Colin has had a long career in aged care with a particular interest in person centered care, especially with people living with dementia. His work is incredible and Colin has received multiple awards. People around the world are taking notice of his work.


corrine filmmaker with colin and cathy

Corinne Maunder is a producer at Fire Films and will join Colin in our conversation. Corinne has a production company she founded in 2003, which specializes in medical, health and wellbeing video production. Corrine has worked with Cathy Greenblats and Starrett Lodge to develop exceptional footage to inspire and engage people to shift our dementia care culture.


Join the conversation and listen to what Colin and Corrine have to learned and what are willing to share with us today!

Contact Colin           Website

Contact Corinne           Website

Check out the film that started the conversation.

People all over the world are commenting on how they want to use this model of care.

Check Alzheimer’s Speaks For More Resources

Alz Speaks multi logo_091113

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: