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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

Jul 21, 2014 Normalea Mastropoll My mom had alzheimers which i think contributed to her death. My father in law now has it. He is steadily getting worse ever day. A cure needs to be found.
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 Tami Rellihan
Jul 20, 2014 Sarah Meyers Supporting all who are dealing with this disease...
Jul 18, 2014 Kristina Aguilera
Jul 18, 2014 Marcine Wilson Caregivers deserve every bit of thanks and support one can give them. It takes a lot more than most of us can imagine. Roses to each and every one !!
Jul 18, 2014 Jennifer Carpenter
Jul 17, 2014 Peggy Robey
Jul 16, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Jul 16, 2014 Barbara Azzalina This caregiver/nurse hopes for a cure
Jul 15, 2014 Mila Martin I am a caregiver. Thank you.
Jul 15, 2014 Dena Johnson My mom is my dad's caregiver. Never have I seen someone go to Such lengths to care for someone. A picture of true love and devotion. She never gives up or gives in. She has taken care of dad far beyond any expectation any one should have. I love u both
Jul 15, 2014 Jennifer Foley
Jul 15, 2014 Donna Thomas
Jul 14, 2014 j.s. simpson
Jul 13, 2014 Chris Sante
Jul 13, 2014 Dorothy Foster
Jul 12, 2014 jennifer morgan I am a caregiver to my mom along with my sister, niece, daughter, dad and son. I could not do this without the support from my family. To all the caregivers out there your not alone.
Jul 11, 2014 Katia Alves
Jul 11, 2014 Karen Pecsok
Jul 11, 2014 Charlene Prince
Jul 10, 2014 sue lesselyong Thank u to each and every caregiver out there GOD BLESS YOU ALL
Jul 10, 2014 Theresa Thompson
Jul 10, 2014 Matthias Haess
Jul 10, 2014 Kit Dee
Jul 10, 2014 Sheryl Peterson-Otis
Jul 10, 2014 Gina Sapanaro Thank you for your Love & Patience. <3
Jul 10, 2014 Charlotte Cobb I am a caregiver. I have had no support over the last 16 years of my moms Alzheimer's journey. It has been devastating. My best friend (mom) no longer knows me. I pray for ALL caregivers and their loved ones with ALZ.
Jul 10, 2014 Susan Martinez
Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 SANDRA VITO
Jul 7, 2014 Faison Cushman
Jul 7, 2014 Theo Zucker
Jul 6, 2014 Gwen Chischilly We have personally been impacted by Alzheimer's and know of families dealing with a Loved One with it.. I understand the Sarifice, Hard work, Patience, and LOVE it takes... THANK YOU for all that you do...
Jul 6, 2014 Barbara Packard Caregivers give so much of themselves to helping that other person, it is totally selfless, and means
Jul 5, 2014 matthew lee
Jul 5, 2014 Devon Smith
Jul 5, 2014 pat lucci
Jul 5, 2014 Debbie Plott Caregivers have an especially difficult job. They deserve everyone's respect.
Jul 4, 2014 Nellie Owen
Jul 4, 2014 Lauren Van Gundy I pledge to assist in raising awareness about the needs of caregivers in my community!
Jul 4, 2014 Gary Pratt
Jul 4, 2014 Brian Gottejman
Jul 3, 2014 (Name not displayed) Thanks & God bless all the caregivers. My mom had Alzheimer's & I know the drill. They need the patience & love & the caregivers need the support that everyone can give.
Jul 3, 2014 Katie Drew
Jul 3, 2014 Theresa Workman When my aunt Marian Clossen had Alzheimer's, her brother, Charlie and his wife, Janice were her caregivers since they lived next door. I seen firsthand, how stressful it can be, as well as, exhausting. I would try to help when I could.
Jul 3, 2014 Carol Woods

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