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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

Nov 27, 2014 Olga titova
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) I lost an Uncle to Alz and now I believe I have a very dear friend showing early signs of it. I hope I can be there for them.
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2014 GARY loken My wife is / has been my caregiver for 40+ years.
Nov 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2014 Sandra Bowerman
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) I,and two other relatives, have cared for family members -victims of Alzheimer's or other dementia - in our homes until they passed away. Our awareness of the consequences of this terrible disease began more than fifteen years ago.
Nov 22, 2014 Deborah Bratcher
Nov 21, 2014 Priscilla Garten
Nov 21, 2014 renee vesely
Nov 21, 2014 brenda robinson God bless all caregivers.
Nov 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2014 Logan Rich
Nov 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2014 richard fernandez
Nov 16, 2014 Floyd Perry
Nov 15, 2014 Mitzi Combs
Nov 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2014 SUSAN O'KEEFE
Nov 13, 2014 Liliána Tóth
Nov 10, 2014 Pat Kane
Nov 10, 2014 Sarah Bullock
Nov 10, 2014 Brenda Barry
Nov 10, 2014 Chris Danne
Nov 10, 2014 Deborah Reddick I was a caregiver for my mother. she lost the battle to Alzheimer's in 2011. it was the hardest thing I have ever done.
Nov 10, 2014 Connie Woosley
Nov 9, 2014 Roxanne Pranger Alzheimer's took my mom away - a little at a time! What a devastating disease! I was my mom's care giver for 6 years! We need more research & I take the pledge! The caregivers most often are forgotten!
Nov 9, 2014 Christa Pfeiffer
Nov 9, 2014 Robert Petermann
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2014 Debbie Copeland A caregiver is a 24-7 job and it is very tough. My Mom took care of my step-dad for several years I don't know why she did it!! I pray for evey caregiver.
Nov 7, 2014 Antoinette Soderholm
Nov 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2014 Jennifer Miller
Nov 5, 2014 Loraine Lindsey
Nov 5, 2014 Lauri Rogers
Nov 4, 2014 christy bryan
Nov 4, 2014 Rita Vaccarino
Nov 4, 2014 Rodolfo Conde
Nov 4, 2014 Jaynee Harpe
Nov 4, 2014 Diana Samai May God bless all caregivers with love and kindness
Nov 4, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Nov 4, 2014 (Name not displayed) Bless them all
Nov 4, 2014 debra clayton
Nov 4, 2014 Gail J. Reams
Nov 4, 2014 Richard Heffley
Nov 4, 2014 Damienne Arthur
Nov 4, 2014 Margo Stipe
Nov 4, 2014 Judy Pittman

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