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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


Sep 18, 2014 marimar manzano
Sep 15, 2014 Lauren Cummins
Sep 13, 2014 Jackie McNeely-Estes
Sep 13, 2014 Diana Bennett My father has been unwavering in his care and support of my mother.
Sep 12, 2014 Carol Whittington I see my sister trying to take care of her husband; she doesn't want to burden others, but all I want to do is give her some relief wherever I can.
Sep 12, 2014 MaryAnn Dicks Love you Tim Rose and everything you do for our mom. You are a great son and we are blessed to have you in our lives.
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 11, 2014 Debra Roddy
Sep 10, 2014 Jacqueline Franklin
Sep 10, 2014 Kimberly Burnett I was a caregiver to my mother.She had Ovarian and Colon Cancer.Its hard to watch a loved one day a little more everyday but I would do it again if necessary.
Sep 8, 2014 Angela Schmidt
Sep 7, 2014 Kim Anderson
Sep 7, 2014 myriam dupon
Sep 6, 2014 Norma Vara
Sep 6, 2014 Chris Usami
Sep 6, 2014 Gina Hernandez
Sep 6, 2014 Deanna Griffin
Sep 4, 2014 Christina Petrucci
Sep 3, 2014 Helen Marketti I was one of my father's caregivers. There is nothing more rewarding, humbling nor devestating to watch a loved one change over time. We were blessed in that he always knew who we were and for that I will be forever grateful. Caregiving is TOUGH job!
Sep 2, 2014 lesa messenger I am my husbands caretaker. I am disabled myself and I am exhausted
Sep 2, 2014 Donna Mayer
Sep 2, 2014 Val Searson
Sep 1, 2014 Dianne Parker In Memorial of my paternal Grandmother, who cared for my late Grandfather for 3 years. <3
Sep 1, 2014 Peg Martinek
Aug 31, 2014 jon becker to all the caregivers out there you are not alone reach out for help and know that God and others are there for youtake a break ask fam or friends if they can sit w your loved one for an hour its important to take care of yourself as well love2all
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.

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