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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

Aug 20, 2014 Brittany O'O'Donnell
Aug 18, 2014 esther perez montero
Aug 17, 2014 Delia Gameson My dad was my mum's official caregiver, but he is currently in Intensive Care with encephalitis. My sister has taken on this role with support from the siblings. We did not realise how incredibly intense it is. Thank you to all carers
Aug 17, 2014 Dena Williams
Aug 17, 2014 Amy Pierfederici
Aug 17, 2014 pat cohen
Aug 17, 2014 Maria Gandara
Aug 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) My Dad is a 24/7 caregiver for my Mom. I am their health care proxy so I go to doctor appointments with them. I try to help as much as I can. Thanks Dad for all you do.
Aug 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) The caregiver has a stressful and unending job. I've been there with both parents. Please offer your support for caregivers everywhere!
Aug 16, 2014 Cindy Plummer My dad had Alzheimer's and my son took care of him. A VERY hard job.
Aug 15, 2014 Jenn Rhoads
Aug 14, 2014 Rosetta Ragland THANK YOU to all the caregivers out there!!!!
Aug 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) My Mom is a 24/7 caregiver to my dad with very little support (as I don't live near them). She is doing a fantastic job but needs support from others.
Aug 13, 2014 amy farhat
Aug 13, 2014 (Name not displayed) I was a caregiver for my dad who has passed away with Alz. It was difficult!!!
Aug 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2014 Rob Dexter
Aug 11, 2014 Georganne Lynch I was a caregiver for my dad and am now a caregiver for me mom. It's a tough responsibility, but it's always nice to get a kind word or a gentle smile.
Aug 11, 2014 lynn noe
Aug 11, 2014 Roxanne Meek
Aug 9, 2014 Lisa Shomaker Praises and adoration to Kaye Adams , Nichole Tervelt, Liz Adams, Ashley Adams, Gayle Fogleman, Jackie Terrell,Paul Tervelt, Chase , Austin,Caroline, Jake, Logan
Aug 9, 2014 Cathy Cacciavillano
Aug 8, 2014 Cindy Hatcher
Aug 8, 2014 (Name not displayed) My dad took care of my mom for over 4 years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We helped, too, but he was with her 24/7 and was a true saint. The doctors were amazed that he did this for so long. He said, "she would do the same for me."
Aug 8, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is my 2nd time. I took care of my grandmother and now my mother
Aug 8, 2014 Becky Mahoney To my sister who my Mom lives with
Aug 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2014 LeaAnn Carr
Aug 8, 2014 valerie Clancy
Aug 7, 2014 Jannie Vd Veen
Aug 7, 2014 Joanmarie Piazza My Mother suffers from Altzheimers Disease, wish I could join a support group
Aug 7, 2014 Jenny Mahieu
Aug 7, 2014 Penelopa Tufis Use any opportunity I can to raise awareness about the needs of caregivers in ALL communities
Aug 6, 2014 Sara Narotsky
Aug 5, 2014 Melissa Yang
Aug 4, 2014 Jessika Jones My mommy is and ALZ caregiver for my Grammy. I help in every way that I can! Join me in supporting caregivers! http://www.jessikajones.org/
Aug 4, 2014 Cline Jones Since diagnosed with ALZ in 2009, my wife has dedicated herself to the care of her mother. My 11 year old daughter and I took the pledge years ago!
Aug 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2014 Malinda Henkel My husband had been diagnosed with early on set Alzheimers. I was a care giver for his mother with Alzheimers at 6lyrs. old and, also, was a caregiver for my father-in-law with dementia. My faith in God will get me through.
Aug 3, 2014 Joel Simon
Aug 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2014 Gail Tatro
Aug 2, 2014 David Mowry
Aug 2, 2014 Deborah Garber Bravo to my Dad. Thanks for your patience and good humor in caring for Mom. You're a hero!
Aug 2, 2014 Klaus Maruska
Aug 2, 2014 Elizabeth Highton
Aug 2, 2014 Joanna Green I am a caregiver two times over. The first was my grandmother and now it's my father in law. Thank you to all the other caregivers out there. We're not alone, though at times it feels like it.
Aug 2, 2014 Hilde B
Aug 2, 2014 Allan Booyjzsen
Aug 2, 2014 Charlotte VanHagen I personally thank Michael Van Hagen and Nicole Cooper for being my caregivers even if I don't have Alzheimer's full-blown yet. I have been physically disabled and they have helped me so much. I also want to thank Anshul & Mariah Kanakia for the same.

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