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Sponsored by: The Alzheimer's Site

The cruel reality of a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer's is that it doesn't merely impact the patient who has been diagnosed. All too often, we forget the ripple effect such an illness has on the friends, loved ones, and family members surrounding the person with Alzheimer's. Many of these people are also caregivers directly responsible for keeping the patient safe and as healthy as possible.

Being a caregiver is one of the most incredibly challenging and generous acts of love any of us will ever perform on behalf of another. Fear, exhaustion, anger, depression, guilt, and grief are often part of the experience. Harboring negative feelings doesn't make the caregiver a bad person, but it can have a negative impact on their daily lives and long-term emotional well-being.

Caregivers need to be cared for as well. Sign and share this pledge today to honor a caregiver in your life and to raise awareness about the need for support networks that directly address the special needs of caregivers.

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I personally pledge to:

Recognize the incredibly difficult work of a caregiver in my life.

Remember that caregivers have special needs and stresses of their own, including fear, exhaustion, anger, depression, guilt, and grief.

Realize that I can take an pro-active role in helping to relieve these stresses by offering to help with personal errands, childcare, healthcare-related research.

Endeavor to offer a smile, hug, or kind word, whenever I see the occasion.

Use any opportunity I can to raise awareness about the needs of caregivers in my community.

Share this pledge with friends and family via social media or email and encourage them to pledge as well.

Petition Signatures

Dec 19, 2014 John Matyjewicz My wife has been there when I really needed her. The road that I have traveled in the past ten years has been difficult for me, but much more for her. She has stood by me. The past year has been the worst. I love her with all my heart and soul!!
Dec 18, 2014 Maxwell Mathews
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 Susan Carter I've been down this road - 9 yrs with my Dad. We lost him 8/13. Hardest thing I ever had to do, but so glad we never put him in a home and he died at home with us by his side. God Bless all the caregivers in the world. I pray for you every night.
Dec 15, 2014 Erin Kegel On top of being diagnosed w/terminal cancer, my mom also had dementia so I know how exhausting it can be to care for someone. God bless the caregivers.
Dec 15, 2014 Bożena Staniszewska
Dec 12, 2014 Christine Patnode I am there now with my 85 year old father and a 93 year old mother who is also failing, but will not give up on him.
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 8, 2014 Judy Browne I watched my Dad slowly disappear. It is so hard to care for someone and watch them not realize who you are or where they are.
Dec 7, 2014 Brenda Evans
Dec 7, 2014 Elaina Janeene
Dec 6, 2014 jane hughes
Dec 4, 2014 Marianne Ray
Dec 4, 2014 Carolyn Gleghorn
Dec 4, 2014 Kathy Snawder
Dec 4, 2014 Louise Rasby
Dec 3, 2014 donna senay power to the people !!!!!
Dec 2, 2014 Christin Lee
Dec 2, 2014 patricia mader
Dec 2, 2014 Sonica k
Dec 2, 2014 josep mª latorre
Dec 2, 2014 Caroline Nash Theirs is an often thankless job, and we must support them so they may continue the wonderful work they do.
Dec 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Lanier Sammons
Dec 2, 2014 Maureen McCauley
Dec 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) Caregivers need care, too!
Dec 2, 2014 Casey Schmidt
Dec 2, 2014 Pamela Scherer
Dec 2, 2014 Heinz Mueller
Dec 2, 2014 Pat Boyd Rivera all caregivers need the support of the community they live in
Dec 2, 2014 Nickie Chiatti
Dec 2, 2014 LaVonne Rathsack
Dec 2, 2014 Amanda Benson
Dec 2, 2014 Eleanor Rubin
Dec 2, 2014 Jenn Parkes
Dec 2, 2014 Shari Ghiorzi
Dec 2, 2014 Jennifer Beebe
Dec 2, 2014 Helena Marková
Dec 2, 2014 Brenda Berner
Dec 2, 2014 Debra Del Bianco
Dec 2, 2014 Rebecca Hyde
Dec 2, 2014 Amanda Ingram
Dec 2, 2014 Christina Bocek
Dec 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Sylvia Fritsch
Dec 2, 2014 Stephanie Mano no one deserves to be alone
Dec 2, 2014 Mary Duncan
Dec 2, 2014 Linda Attebery I've been there and know what it takes. Its hard work.
Dec 2, 2014 Dona Gartrell
Dec 2, 2014 Paula Chihill

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