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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 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
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Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 20, 2015 Roxane Connor
Jul 19, 2015 Carolyn Barker
Jul 19, 2015 Michelle Andrulonis
Jul 16, 2015 SARAH GAGNON
Jul 14, 2015 Yvonne Christison
Jul 9, 2015 Kristi Martin
Jul 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2015 Joy Moore Honoring so many, especially my mother, Jeanene Keene caring for my father as he lives with dementia.
Jul 9, 2015 Rachel Holmes My father has been taking care of my mother 24/7 lovingly and gently for several years. He is a SAINT! I pledge to help him emotionally, physically and mentally!!
Jul 9, 2015 P Bowen
Jul 8, 2015 Barbara Crane
Jul 8, 2015 Christine Sykora
Jul 8, 2015 Beck Roller I and my partner were my Mothers caregivers, and it was a 24/7 effort. We were like a tag team, and it was totally consuming. Mom's in heaven now and I tell you the care we gave her was special, like no 'place' could give, like family that loved her more!
Jul 8, 2015 Stela Lazarova
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

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