New Alzheimer’s Stamp to Be Dedicated

Press Release

November 19, 2008 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) - Postmaster Steve Zarella, of the Southport (NC) Post Office, will introduce the new Alzheimer’s commemorative postage stamp at Carillon Assisted Living Center in Southport on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 2 p.m. The new 42-cent stamp will be available for purchase after the event.

With the Alzheimer’s Awareness commemorative stamp, Americans can use the power of mail to raise awareness about this tragic disease. The Postal Service hopes 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. An estimated 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. Persons suffering from Alzheimer’s-related dementia have trouble carrying out daily activities. The disease initially affects the parts of the brain that control language, thought and memory. Symptoms may include asking the same question repeatedly, becoming lost in familiar places or disoriented in familiar routines, and ignoring personal safety, hygiene and nutrition. As the disease progresses, perceptual, language, functional and motor skills deteriorate.

Carillon Assisted Living – Southport is located at 1125 East Leonard Street and is one of ten assisted living communities in North Carolina owned by its parent company. Carillon has a special and unique program to offer residents in need of Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The facility’s team members work with family members to create a memory box for each resident that is appropriate to their background, daily interests and life story. For more information about Carillon Assisted Living – Southport, contact Aimee Lamkin at 910 454-4001.

The event is free and open to the public.

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