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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 28, 2014 Debbie Allman
Aug 28, 2014 Susan Schueller
Aug 28, 2014 Neha Vhag
Aug 28, 2014 Renee Williams In memory of my mother who suffered from Alzheimers Disease and my father who was a loving and faithful caregiver to the very end.
Aug 28, 2014 Maxine Lowery
Aug 28, 2014 heidi heiss
Aug 28, 2014 Anne Montante
Aug 28, 2014 Diane Bare
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Thank god for all they do.Alzheimer's took my mother in 2010.It was hard on us to care for her .This ugly disease took a toll on our whole family.Let's Find a cure.Because some day it could be You!
Aug 28, 2014 Rhonda Matson In honor of my daddy who is taking care of his wife & my mom the best that he can!
Aug 26, 2014 ana perez
Aug 25, 2014 Paula Maxey
Aug 24, 2014 Carol Pentz
Aug 24, 2014 Christine Brussock We need programs and trained dementia care workers to assist caregivers and families dealing with this degrading disease
Aug 24, 2014 FLORA WEST I have been a caregiver for my mother who died of the horrible debilatating Alzheimers Disease.It is very damaging to the caregivers...Please support this!!
Aug 24, 2014 Lea Faulks
Aug 24, 2014 Nadine OHearn
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

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