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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 6,040
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

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
Apr 2, 2015 Cara Correnti
Apr 2, 2015 Cecilia Chitswara
Mar 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2015 Celeste Lavacot I am a care giver to my mom. She doesn't have this horrible disease but she has had a stroke and really has trouble remembering anything. She also can't walk due to arthritis. It is a very hard job to do.
Mar 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2015 Shari Mohamed Working with Alzheimers/Dementia residents can be very challenging,stressful, but also very rewarding. I work in an Alzheimer's ,memory care facility. On a stage 4 UNIT. Can be very sad sometimes. But well worth it.
Mar 26, 2015 Victoria Eubanks
Mar 25, 2015 Carol Willey May God give you strength and patience to see you through this !!
Mar 24, 2015 karen howard
Mar 24, 2015 janel jorgensen
Mar 23, 2015 Sandra Daniels
Mar 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2015 Donna Stuart My dear friend Carla cargives for her brother. She's compassionate, loving, and generous, faithful. She and MANY others are INCREDIBLE.
Mar 22, 2015 m Yohn
Mar 22, 2015 Carol & Robert Rydell
Mar 22, 2015 Sherri Olaguez
Mar 22, 2015 Dave Mattozzi
Mar 19, 2015 Tiffany Ladebat
Mar 17, 2015 LINDA FANCHER
Mar 17, 2015 Jeff Floss
Mar 17, 2015 Janet Paul In memory our mom and Trina's grandmother. You remain in our thoughts and hearts forever. We miss you, Mom.
Mar 17, 2015 Cheri Alexander
Mar 16, 2015 reva organ for my sister,she is missed dearly!!
Mar 16, 2015 Sara Petrovčič
Mar 16, 2015 Becky Vaughn I sign this for my sister Kay and - her family husband Robbie and daughter Lindsay
Mar 15, 2015 Jeanette M.
Mar 11, 2015 Phili Dixon This is so true....
Mar 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2015 Ellen Segal
Mar 9, 2015 Kathy Marshall
Mar 9, 2015 Kathleen Scheuermann This disease has taken my mother in law, she passed on Dec 29, 2014. She suffered with this disease for 4 yrs. And as her family we had to watch her slowly slip away from us.
Mar 9, 2015 Debbie Furman I have my sister suffering with this, it's a horrible disease
Mar 7, 2015 diane white Hats off to those wonderful souls who care for their loved one!
Mar 7, 2015 Donna Shellabarger
Mar 7, 2015 Maria Hrehor

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