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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 7,173
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

Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2016 Julia Honda
Oct 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2016 DEBBIE Thrailkill In honor of my sister, Rhonda Pipkins & my two nieces, Allyson & Lauren Harper, who took wonderful, loving care of my Mother, Betty Webb in her courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Blessings to all caregivers.
Oct 16, 2016 June Matheson
Oct 16, 2016 Cheryl Rigby
Oct 16, 2016 Sue Ward GOD bless all caregivers
Oct 16, 2016 ANA MARIA
Sep 29, 2016 Darleen Bittner
Sep 25, 2016 Glenda Foreman
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Kensinger
Sep 6, 2016 Kelly ayers
Sep 5, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 5, 2016 Natasha Moore
Sep 5, 2016 Anthony Hostetter
Sep 1, 2016 Marathon John D Gaffney I d love/want the politicians take a pledge that unpaid caregivers should/need to get PAID for taking care of elderly parents!! PS;Please Pass legislation/ make into law/bill on this!!
Aug 24, 2016 Joan Kearney My sister-in-law devoted 6 years to her Mother in her home, it is not easy!! We are so blessed to have had her near and willing to take on this responsibility.
Aug 24, 2016 Gary Gilardi
Aug 24, 2016 Sue Troutwine
Aug 23, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 20, 2016 María Galarce
Aug 18, 2016 Peach Santos Please help
Aug 16, 2016 kathi reed My husband takes care of my 103 yr old grandmother when we do not have a pro caregiver. He fixes her meals, takes bp, gives meds.We are only able to keep her home with his loving care. Without him, my grandmother would be in a nursing home. GOD bless him.
Aug 16, 2016 Joan Cuplin Caregivers NEED relief, help, & Thanks!!!!!!!!
Aug 16, 2016 Nancy Cartwright I was my husband's caregiver when he battled his fight with multiple myeloma, which he lost 1/3/15. I know how hard it is. He use to say he'd rather be the patient than the caregiver, all he had to do was be sick, I had to put up with everything.
Jul 26, 2016 Sharon Gilman
Jul 26, 2016 Pamela Brown
Jul 22, 2016 Tamara Brannin You are the real heroes in this world where that word is used to often and not disturbing.
Jul 20, 2016 Dawn Mason
Jul 15, 2016 Evelyn Leslie
Jul 15, 2016 James Herron Just how mom took care of dad for so long will never be understood, thank you mom.
Jul 10, 2016 Mark Turner
Jul 10, 2016 Barbara Gale
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2016 Susan Gliwa I am my father's full time caregiver along with a full time job. The toughest job in the world is being a caregiver and the lack of resources is shocking.
Jul 3, 2016 Greg King
Jul 3, 2016 norman whitman i have been a care giver more then once in my life so far and yes as it is exceptional hard on ones soul it is just as rewarding on ones soul reaching heaven I can only imagine this but I believe in Jesus and His reward of Heaven Bless all you caregivers
Jul 3, 2016 Andy Murphy
Jul 3, 2016 Cynthia Super
Jun 21, 2016 de car
Jun 20, 2016 Sherry Horne Taylor
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2016 Martha Beets
Jun 15, 2016 Jeanette Shepard
Jun 14, 2016 Shea L. Hales
Jun 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2016 Ivan Brewer
Jun 9, 2016 Carol Stout I am a caregiver of elderl and / or disabled. I try very hard to help my clients and their families so things are easier for them. My 34 year old son has lived in a group home for the past 10 years. I thank his caregivers all of the time.
Jun 9, 2016 Ursula Simoni
Jun 9, 2016 Monica Conover I am a caregiver for my mother, and I can testify that it is the most difficult job in the world, not only physically but mentally.

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