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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 7,084
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

Feb 7, 2016 Leigh Castellon
Feb 4, 2016 Jennifer McBurney
Jan 31, 2016 Margaret Brown
Jan 24, 2016 Nancy Conway
Jan 21, 2016 Dale Clausen Meyer With Huntington's disease in my family for 60 years, we have been caretakers over & over again. It's relentless. Sending strength & prayers for all caretakers!
Jan 18, 2016 Sherry Wright
Jan 16, 2016 Cindy Keiser
Jan 14, 2016 Heather McKnight
Jan 10, 2016 Allison Richards
Jan 10, 2016 Krista Smith My grandparents suffered from altzheimers. My dad went through dementia, so I understand what a caregiver goes through.
Jan 9, 2016 Amber Lopez ( Pelton)
Jan 9, 2016 Maryann Almeida
Jan 4, 2016 Joanna Wyzykowska
Jan 4, 2016 Heather Arnold Thank You!
Jan 2, 2016 Stacy Hale
Dec 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2015 tonya stiffler
Dec 28, 2015 Susan Saikami I was my mother's caregiver after she was diagnosed with late stage Parkinson's. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to tell her not only how much I loved her but the honor it was to be her daughter - But the strain did take its toll mentally/physically.
Dec 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2015 Charles Nash
Dec 15, 2015 Susan Robertson
Dec 13, 2015 Ivan Brewer
Dec 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2015 Sara Sousa
Dec 11, 2015 Amanda Albuquerque
Dec 4, 2015 jeanine larsen
Dec 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Dec 1, 2015 Debora Logan
Dec 1, 2015 Laura Dani
Nov 29, 2015 criss sledge
Nov 27, 2015 Wilhelmina Edelston
Nov 27, 2015 Jo Pretorius
Nov 26, 2015 S M
Nov 24, 2015 Sourabh Devani
Nov 23, 2015 Julio Toro San Martin
Nov 21, 2015 Karena Bowler My mother was just diagnosed a couple of weeks ago even though she was showing signs way before now. My dad is her primary caregiver even with his disabilities and I am the secondary. I was not surprised at the diagnosis, but it still hits hard.
Nov 20, 2015 (Name not displayed) Prayers for more reasonably priced adequate facilities for the our Seniors and veterans.
Nov 20, 2015 Jennifer Williams
Nov 18, 2015 Rebecca Holyfield
Nov 16, 2015 Tracy Burgoyne
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 15, 2015 Andre Walter
Nov 14, 2015 Isabela Lund
Nov 13, 2015 Jamie McGraw
Nov 13, 2015 Barbara Santoro
Nov 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 11, 2015 Fatma Öncü

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