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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Our society doesn't handle grief well, nor does it handle dementia well. If you've been a caregiver for someone who died with dementia, you're facing a double-whammy. Find care and comfort among people who understand by joining The Purple Sherpa Grief Support Group. Visit https://ed.gr/dbtr1 to learn more and request to join us.
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The Purple Sherpa
I used to imagine that my dad was trapped behind an opaque pane of thick glass called dementia, and that sometimes for reasons neither of us understood, the glass would clear up and get thinner and I'd be able to see him, the him I'd always known, more clearly. Have you ever had that sense?

Be sure to check out Miriam's lovely blog The Lost Kitchen (http://thelostkitchen.org?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com), in which she combines her loves of cooking and her love for her mom.
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The Purple Sherpa
Dementia affects one's ability to communicate in many different ways. This article offers insight on what's affected and how we can respond in order to communicate more effectively with someone who's living with dementia. http://ed.gr/bnv7f
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The Purple Sherpa
The power in this quote lies in shifting from a focus on disease to a focus on the person. At every stage of dementia, there’s a person who’s having an experience and a perspective. When we forget this, we risk seeing and responding only to the cognitive deficits and the consequences of dementia rather than seeing and responding to the person we love.
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The Purple Sherpa
Dementia is a dreadful condition. That does not justify the stigma that currently surrounds it.
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The Purple Sherpa
"Researchers have found music therapy can improve memory and psychiatric symptoms, that it can reduce falls, reduce visits to the ER, and reduce the need for psychotropic drugs." http://ed.gr/b3ev7
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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