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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

Jun 13, 2017 David Buckner My sister did the caregiving for my Dad for 2 years. I saw how hard it is. Bless her and my Dad. Peace
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 1, 2017 Sandra Lambert I want to honor my friend Gloria. She has pent her entire adult life caring for the less fortunate. She has really been blessed with a gift fro God as she has a heart of gold and the patience of an Angel.
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 25, 2017 K M I knew it was hard for my friends that were caregivers, then I found out just how hard it really is. You're always so tired and don't have time for other normal things anymore. It IS really different to walk in their shoes. Now they'really mine.
May 24, 2017 susan foley
May 24, 2017 freddie williams
May 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 16, 2017 Janice Pagnani
May 16, 2017 Nedra Saathoff
May 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2017 Lyssa Twomey I am a 24/7 caregiver myself. Everything this pledge says is true. One of the stressors I go through is that none of my 5 siblings will help at all with the responsibility. All they do is put me down and tell me I have it easy-breezy.
May 9, 2017 Diana Noel-Labieniec
May 9, 2017 Vasilis Nisiotis
May 9, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 13, 2017 Patricia Vazquez
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2017 Dawn Simon
Apr 5, 2017 Christine Jordan
Apr 5, 2017 CHRISTINE REDMOND It is very, very hard to do this role. I have had both my parents to try to deal with (both deceased now), and now a very dear friend is suffering with ongoing dementia.Love and patience to you all!!!!
Apr 5, 2017 Sandra Holbrook
Apr 5, 2017 Linda Dimmock
Apr 5, 2017 bill wiebe
Apr 4, 2017 RoseMarie Di Giovanni-Norton
Apr 4, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Apr 4, 2017 Wendy Cohoe Been there, with no support. Soul bruising on many levels.
Apr 4, 2017 R. C. Wilson
Apr 4, 2017 christine burgess
Apr 4, 2017 Jane Bowley
Apr 4, 2017 Teresa Foster
Apr 3, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Mar 28, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 24, 2017 JANE SMITH
Mar 22, 2017 Tina Pelton
Mar 22, 2017 Marga Childs
Mar 22, 2017 Lisa Hanselman
Mar 22, 2017 Emily McNabb In honor of my mother in law, who lovingly cared for her husband, whom we just lost last week. And my mother and Aunt, who care for their Mom, my Grandma who's 100 years old!
Mar 22, 2017 Peter Roach
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 12, 2017 Patrik Löfgren
Mar 11, 2017 Arlene Kinner
Mar 1, 2017 Susan Closson
Mar 1, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Mar 1, 2017 Leigh Stuart I was a caregiver for several is a demanding yet giving 'job'. I applaud anyone who can take this humane chore on and feel positive about it all.
Mar 1, 2017 Melissa Allen Blessed MOST love my QUEEN honey bee
Mar 1, 2017 Susan Wilson
Mar 1, 2017 Selena Millman

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