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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

May 26, 2015 Nikki Christensen
May 26, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 25, 2015 Diana Pagereski
May 25, 2015 Carolyn Giancursio
May 24, 2015 Mike Roberts
May 24, 2015 Nora Spielman
May 24, 2015 carla valecko
May 24, 2015 Nancy Hill I am a caregiver, but not for an Alzheimer's patient. I am a caregiver to my daughter, who is a US Navy Veteran with a traumatic brain injury. This will be for all of my life and I've been doing this now already for 13 years.
May 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) I know how difficult it is for caregivers. I've had first-hand experience.
May 24, 2015 Iris Meyer
May 24, 2015 Linda Buchholz God Bless
May 24, 2015 Robert W Rolloff To my wife, I love you for all you do for me. I have Parkinsons and Emphysema and I am a hand full. Thank you for all you do.
May 24, 2015 Carol Dipper
May 24, 2015 Jacqueline LaChapelle
May 24, 2015 Toni Soderholm
May 24, 2015 Maria dels Àngels Beltran
May 24, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
May 24, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
May 24, 2015 Ann Blank
May 19, 2015 Danielle Beasy For my mother #EndALZ
May 16, 2015 Virginia Allgaier
May 14, 2015 mary williams God. Bless
May 14, 2015 shannon webb
May 11, 2015 Gisela Zech
May 11, 2015 Jane Frago Help us to fight this good fight....
May 11, 2015 Charlann Kable I am a caregiver myself to my mother and thank God for my friends. As an only child, they are my best support system.
May 11, 2015 Lisa Kiddy
May 11, 2015 Mary Lou Crosby
May 11, 2015 Julie Oda Caregivers often do not receive the recognition that they deserve. They are true heroes.
May 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2015 Maria Lúcia Medeiros We must be aware that our support to this actions makes us not only better persons but they also help others to have a life with more confort..
May 8, 2015 Marissa Boren
May 7, 2015 Diane Fletcher
May 7, 2015 Allan Kaopua
May 5, 2015 june bowden
Apr 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 Karen Bradford I was a caregiver for 18 years. My father died of cancer, my mother-n-law died of Alzheimer's, my mother died of dementia and in Oct 2014 my husband died of Alzheimer's. It was a long, hard road, but it sure made me a better person. Take care of yourself.
Apr 26, 2015 Edith Centeno My mother takes care of my father. It's hard on her, I live out of state and wish I could help her. I love my parents so much.
Apr 22, 2015 Jodi Veramessa
Apr 22, 2015 Debbie Fusselman My stepmom, Teena, is my Dad's world and caregiver. I pray that God helps her thru this as well. I live 2 states away and I am unable to get back as often as I would like. I hope she knows how much she means to my Dad, me and the rest of our family.
Apr 19, 2015 Wendy Bohatyritz
Apr 18, 2015 Donna Desrosiers
Apr 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2015 Stephanie Clay
Apr 13, 2015 Debra Hauglie
Apr 13, 2015 (Name not displayed) I was there myself for 7 years and know the challenges. Blessings to all the patient caregivers and the wonderful work they do.
Apr 13, 2015 jeanette wilcox
Apr 11, 2015 Susan Dussing

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