December 21, 2017 – Supporting Alzheimer’s Research


Anchor lead: Paying just a little bit more for a stamp can really help Alzheimer’s research, Elizabeth Tracey reports

An extra 10 cents for a stamp may not seem like much to you, but if many of us buy the new Alzheimer’s stamp where all that extra postage goes to research on the disease, it really adds up. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer’s expert at Johns Hopkins, looks at the numbers.

Lyketsos: This is the opportunity to accrue really large amounts of money over time by having very large numbers of people contributing small amounts to Alzheimer’s research. Think about it this way- if every American, and we’re about 300 million right now, purchased one stamp, paying the extra 10 cents, that’s about 35 million.  :22

Lyketsos describes what’s at stake.

Lyketsos: By 2050 Alzheimer’s will be costing the United States over $1 trillion dollars a year we just simply don’t have enough money going into research so I would encourage everybody to make their own small contribution and to ask as many of their friends to do the same. :16

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.