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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 7,052
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 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
Nov 10, 2015 Dillon Collett
Nov 10, 2015 patricia cooper
Nov 9, 2015 Ivan Brewer
Nov 9, 2015 Margot Davies
Nov 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2015 Barbara Schumacher I'm sure there is a special place in heaven for caregivers.
Nov 8, 2015 Elena V
Nov 8, 2015 Maria Rivera-Duncan
Nov 8, 2015 Diana Samai Caregivers are gift from God
Nov 8, 2015 ariana butterman
Nov 8, 2015 Isabela Calin
Nov 8, 2015 Peggy Fix
Nov 8, 2015 terri coover
Nov 8, 2015 John M Bagnell
Nov 8, 2015 Olga Madzarevic
Nov 8, 2015 Debi Hertel
Nov 7, 2015 lauren hamrick
Nov 7, 2015 Debi Lawson
Nov 7, 2015 Mishalle Roza-Ingram
Nov 6, 2015 val wren
Nov 6, 2015 Karla Lagos
Nov 6, 2015 Cassandra Bevacqua
Nov 6, 2015 jackie wolfe
Nov 6, 2015 adan rocha
Nov 6, 2015 Amanda de Souza
Nov 6, 2015 Miriam Feehily
Nov 6, 2015 Luba Angelova
Nov 5, 2015 Nikhita Yelluri
Nov 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2015 Cristina da Cruz
Nov 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2015 Alicia Álvarez

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