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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

Aug 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2015 Michelle Winter
Aug 29, 2015 Gilma Sanchez
Aug 29, 2015 Brenda Webster
Aug 29, 2015 Sundae Shields
Aug 29, 2015 Sharon Kirk
Aug 29, 2015 Ana Mendes
Aug 26, 2015 Kathy Hansen I was my mothers sole care giver, and my sister was my supporter. It takes alot of patience to do this. Not everyone can. I gave my mother the best final years of her life that I possibly could. Would not have had it any other way. Thank god for my sister
Aug 26, 2015 Wesley Cowan I've worked for about 20 years with person's with Alzheimer's, dementia and other difficult cognitive impairments. My sister and I were caregivers for our dad. It's a painful thing emotionally and very tiring although there can be some special moments.
Aug 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2015 Ruth Widmann Let's not neglect the caregivers who seem to "have it all together." They are working incredibly hard to have it so. God bless all caregivers!
Aug 22, 2015 Jerome Bender
Aug 18, 2015 Gina Freitas
Aug 15, 2015 heather cornwell I'm a caregiver and I love helping folks. :)
Aug 15, 2015 Sylvia Castle
Aug 15, 2015 Cynthia Yost My sister is the primary caregiver to her beloved husband who has been recently diagnosed. Prayers and positive wishes to both of them - hugs & support.
Aug 15, 2015 bonni fox
Aug 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2015 Charles Pan
Aug 13, 2015 Liana Rois
Aug 9, 2015 Marla Armstrong
Aug 2, 2015 clarencer mladek with out my wife this past year to care for me would have been HELL and most likely in a nursing home as I was unable to care for myself after a stroke and operation for colon problem .my wife had to quit her job and we got nothing from the VAas we were
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Sherry E Clark
Jul 28, 2015 Regina Powell
Jul 27, 2015 Loli Diaz
Jul 26, 2015 kim wilbur
Jul 26, 2015 Robin Patten
Jul 26, 2015 Mandy Barre
Jul 26, 2015 june wing
Jul 26, 2015 Marla Dionese
Jul 26, 2015 Nicki Stoneman Love my beloved mama & papa.
Jul 26, 2015 T.C. White I was a caregiver for my Dad for 13 months, and everything here on this page is so very true. I do personally pledge to help other caregivers in any manner they may need.
Jul 26, 2015 Kate LaDew
Jul 26, 2015 Bonnie Towles I truly honor those who care take others, especially those with frustrating, heartbreaking diseases like Alzheimer's, alcoholism and other unrelenting illnesses.
Jul 25, 2015 Latifa Jaima
Jul 24, 2015 Maxine Verplank
Jul 24, 2015 Daniel Drew
Jul 24, 2015 Gregg Kelly
Jul 24, 2015 Kim Clemons
Jul 24, 2015 Judy Lods
Jul 24, 2015 Sherry Timberman
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 20, 2015 Roxane Connor
Jul 19, 2015 Carolyn Barker

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