Not caring would be easier…

And impossible

Making the journey with your loved one through Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia requires a deep level of commitment and caring.
 
Moreover, the weight of the journey comes from how much you care. And here you are. Now, how the heck do you shoulder a burden like this?
 
You do it with a support system of fellow climbers. The Purple Sherpa is here for you. We are a care network of people who’ve been there and done that. We’ve cared for our loved ones. Now, we’re prepared to offer guidance in how to care for your loved one–as well as for yourself.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body or other forms of dementia?
​You’re in the right place.

Here at The Purple Sherpa, it’s all about you. Seriously. We’re about providing you with videos, articles, links to resources, and more — all of them representing tools and insights most of us wish we’d had when we began this journey. We want to be a reassuring place where you can turn when things are challenging, and to illuminate your path along this journey.

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Sometimes we make a decision that offers our loved one freedom even though it comes with a risk. "This, of course, isn’t to suggest that there’s no guilt. I suppose I’ll always feel regret and guilt about how June 14 went down, but I know I made the decisions that my dad would have made if he could have understood the risks and rewards." https://ed.gr/dltw7
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The Purple Sherpa
This is a helpful article about aphasia, an impairment that prevents people from speaking and/or understanding language. The article includes useful information about PPA, a type of dementia.
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The Purple Sherpa
Did someone you love die with dementia? Coping with grief, working through regrets and painful memories, and moving toward the next phase of your life can be a challenge. Join the free, closed group The Purple Sherpa Grief Support Group to navigate your next steps with people who are on the same journey. Find us here: https://ed.gr/dltz0
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The Purple Sherpa
Many dementia family care-partners and caregivers feel acutely the loss of their own independence. This quote resonated with me when I read it, because I often gave up sleep in favor of reading or talking with friends or enjoying some chocolate in peace and quiet... Knowing that I might pay the next day by being tired, but feeling that a little extra exhaustion was worth it. Of course, this was also in the early days of my dad's dementia, when I had the luxury of sleep... That shifted soon enough, and it would be years before I'd face a morning with exhaustion.
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The Purple Sherpa
This article describes a day-respite program for people living with dementia that’s based in a community center. It’s unique because people are interacting with a cross-section of their community, not only with others living with dementia. https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/06/18/Dementia-Community-Centre-Small-Victories/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com
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The Purple Sherpa
A positive outlook doesn’t “fix” dementia, but it helps you find and celebrate the good that exists despite the difficulty. That’s worthwhile.
Blogs

BLOGS

Thoughts on the different parts of the journey categorized by topic.

Supporting You

SUPPORTING YOU

Your sherpa community is here for you in a number of ways.

Resources

RESOURCES

Videos, Articles, Organizations, Useful links, Tips & Thoughts

BOOKS

BOOKS

Some of books that we have found helpful.

MOVIES

MOVIES

Some of the movies, both documentary and drama, that track our journey. 

FREE TOOLS

FREE RESOURCES

For helping you taking care of yourself, one of the most critical tasks.

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

We are you. And together we’re stronger for our loved ones and ourselves.

YOUR FELLOW SHERPAS

YOUR FELLOW SHERPAS

A gallery of your fellow Purple Sherpas and a few of their friends….

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