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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The Purple Sherpa
The Purple Sherpa
When living through the marathon of caring for a loved one with dementia, we, too, require sustenance. Taking a breather along the way to notice beauty (as best we can in each moment) can go a long way in fortifying us in the midst of the challenges.
The Purple Sherpa
The Purple Sherpa
Living in the age of COVID-19: Helpful video from Teepa Snow about how to reduce your risk when you're interacting with someone who's living with dementia and can't stay 6 feet away. http://ed.gr/cgwex
The Purple Sherpa
The Purple Sherpa
Sometimes different things work better than others. When a loved one says they want to go home, it might help to try reorienting, responding to their feelings, and/or distraction. Also see https://ed.gr/d42sj
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The Purple Sherpa
Anosognosia is an actual physiological change that happens in folks with dementia. Learning about how it can affect our loved ones and what to expect can be so helpful when trying to deal with what might feel like denial. See more https://ed.gr/d42st
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The Purple Sherpa
When you're caring for someone who's living with dementia, it's important to be prepared in case you need to go to the emergency room. Here's how. http://ed.gr/cgwfa
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The Purple Sherpa
In an area where there are few rules compassion and a posture of curiosity, for your loved one and for yourself, can provide a welcomed breath of fresh air.
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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