Design Brief

The single design appears on a pane of 20 stamps and features a silhouette of an older woman with a hand resting on her shoulder.

Art director Ethel Kessler worked with illustrator Matt Mahurin to draw attention to the importance of the care­giver for those who have Alzheimer’s disease. “For the per­son with Alzheimer’s,” Kessler says, “that interaction with the caregiver means everything.” Three words — care, support, research — appear in the selvage in the upper right corner of the stamp sheet.

The social awareness stamps are part of a series that has highlighted important issues such as literacy, hospice care, breast cancer awareness, AIDS awareness, organ and tissue donation, and philanthropy. The Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp also helped raise funds for research.