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
Even as someone's abilities change through dementia's progression, the possibility of enjoyment and engagement continues. As care-partners, we must look for ways to reach the person we love.
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The Purple Sherpa
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
Sometimes it's hard to remember that our loved ones are still present, still themselves in ways that are hard to see but matter nonetheless. This is a lovely description of 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
We must see the person who's living with dementia and not just the dementia or its effects. While it's impossible to deny the damage that dementia causes, we can choose instead to focus on how the person who's living with dementia experiences the world and his or her place in it throughout the course of dementia.
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The Purple Sherpa
"And with memory loss there often comes a lot of life transitions and losses and [giving up driving] is a significant one, said Lori Nisson, director of family and community services at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix." http://ed.gr/bt72d
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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