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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

Jul 4, 2015 Crystal Homchick
Jul 4, 2015 Toni Soderholm
Jun 29, 2015 Susan Cornelius I have been a caregiver along with my Father & sisters. We cared for my Mother. Now I am helping care for my Mother in law, who I love like a Mother. It's very hard for everyone involved. I am sending each one a hug.
Jun 29, 2015 debbie meadows
Jun 26, 2015 Cindy Schulte I am a caregiver, myself. There are many of us out there who care about our clients very much. I, also, care about the family members who have many emotions about what is going on with their mom, dad, wife, husband, sister, or brother.
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) For my friends who are caring for their parents. As a professional Alzheimer's caregiver, I find this especially close to my heart, because I see the challenges that caregiving poses to family members.
Jun 22, 2015 Kate Lynn
Jun 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) It was the hardest job I've ever done, but I would do it all over again gladly. I never left my Mom bedside because nobody else could do it as well as I could.
Jun 22, 2015 Tod Stewart I was a full-time caregiver for 6 years. It was one of the most trying times in my life. Support network is essential!
Jun 22, 2015 Laura Riley Honoring my precious daughter Chrissy
Jun 22, 2015 Julia Dunn For my sister Margie who is a caretaker to here husband for the past 12 years. May God continue to give her the strength needed on this journey
Jun 22, 2015 Patricia Schneider For my neighbor who cares for her husband.
Jun 20, 2015 Dana Levy
Jun 17, 2015 Gary Levy My Mom is a caregiver and it is very, very difficult.
Jun 17, 2015 Ricki Stevens
Jun 17, 2015 Yvonne Depuy
Jun 14, 2015 Anitra Gordon
Jun 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2015 Lauren Armstrong
Jun 11, 2015 Terri Fleming
Jun 11, 2015 Toni Soderholm
Jun 10, 2015 Stephen Baranowski
Jun 8, 2015 christine bramlett-hawes
Jun 8, 2015 Annie Mangelli
Jun 8, 2015 Debbie Biggard
Jun 5, 2015 Jonathan Peebles
Jun 5, 2015 Julie James
May 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) I am a caregiver. Would love to have insurance.
May 26, 2015 Nikki Christensen
May 26, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 25, 2015 Diana Pagereski
May 25, 2015 Carolyn Giancursio
May 24, 2015 Mike Roberts
May 24, 2015 Nora Spielman
May 24, 2015 carla valecko
May 24, 2015 Nancy Hill I am a caregiver, but not for an Alzheimer's patient. I am a caregiver to my daughter, who is a US Navy Veteran with a traumatic brain injury. This will be for all of my life and I've been doing this now already for 13 years.
May 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) I know how difficult it is for caregivers. I've had first-hand experience.
May 24, 2015 Iris Meyer
May 24, 2015 Linda Buchholz God Bless
May 24, 2015 Robert W Rolloff To my wife, I love you for all you do for me. I have Parkinsons and Emphysema and I am a hand full. Thank you for all you do.
May 24, 2015 Carol Dipper
May 24, 2015 Jacqueline LaChapelle
May 24, 2015 Toni Soderholm
May 24, 2015 Maria dels Àngels Beltran
May 24, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
May 24, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
May 24, 2015 Ann Blank
May 19, 2015 Danielle Beasy For my mother #EndALZ

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