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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


Feb 28, 2015 linda skillett My very good friend, Beverly, was taking care of her beloved husband in 2010-2011. His alzhemers was bad but she didn't know. She had a stroke and he didn't know to call 911 for an ambulance. She is in bad shape and he passed in September, 2014.
Feb 28, 2015 Sandra Diaz
Feb 28, 2015 Marcia Klaas
Feb 28, 2015 C Born
Feb 28, 2015 Shelli Piva
Feb 28, 2015 Kathy Bard I have worked many years in the Alzheimer's world, I have seen what the dreaded disease does to both the resident and the caregivers! I always considered it a part of my job and honor to not only ease the pain of the person but also the caregivers.
Feb 28, 2015 Carolyn Dina
Feb 28, 2015 Prakash Shrivastava
Feb 27, 2015 Kathy Snawder
Feb 27, 2015 Mary Kilbride My mom had Alzheimers and it can't be fully explained what it feels like to have the woman who loved you no matter what, suddenly not know you any loner. It's a tough walk for those who have it, but also to the caregivers. God bless them all.
Feb 24, 2015 Wendy Bohatyritz
Feb 24, 2015 Evette Mumford
Feb 23, 2015 celeste long
Feb 23, 2015 Sandy Cummings
Feb 22, 2015 Ronda Mohr
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 Renae Gilbert
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2015 Thomas Horsch
Feb 19, 2015 Annmarie O'Toole
Feb 17, 2015 Melissa Newman
Feb 17, 2015 Noreen Guregian
Feb 17, 2015 emilio leone
Feb 17, 2015 Jeff Geller
Feb 15, 2015 Richard Bosboom
Feb 15, 2015 Deanna Gentle
Feb 15, 2015 Ruth Dyke
Feb 14, 2015 Roslyn McBride
Feb 11, 2015 manda edwards
Feb 11, 2015 John Fox My mom passed away 1/5/15 and to watch her final years as I tried to care for her and the sadness, confusion, guilt of needing the help was heartbreaking. I think I will see her blank stair for many years :(
Feb 10, 2015 Cindy Goettling
Feb 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 6, 2015 Rosemary Williams
Feb 6, 2015 Theresa Yanez
Feb 5, 2015 Nora Eng
Feb 5, 2015 Angie Kennedy
Feb 3, 2015 ankie brunschot
Feb 3, 2015 annette florence
Feb 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2015 Susan McCarthy Fierro Need all the HELP they can get!!
Feb 3, 2015 Monika Huber
Feb 2, 2015 TERESA KOHL
Feb 1, 2015 julie salkind
Jan 31, 2015 Carolie Watkins As a carregiver I think VA needs to support these caregivers while caring and afterwards. In 2011 Obama stuck a change in benefits for widows. My husband is a Vietnam Vet and my went from $3400 to $1194 after caring for him 24X7 for 24 years.
Jan 31, 2015 Christine Sherack
Jan 31, 2015 Miriam R
Jan 28, 2015 Leslie Wilbur
Jan 27, 2015 Lenora Adams
Jan 26, 2015 Deborah Golembiewski
Jan 26, 2015 Mary mcintire

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