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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Interesting but probably not surprising: gardens and exposure to nature helps people living with dementia. http://ed.gr/b84go
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The Purple Sherpa
Sometimes we caregivers observe anosognosia in our loved ones before they are able to. Learning about this condition's very real affects can help ease any natural frustration we might experience. See more https://ed.gr/d42ss
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The Purple Sherpa
Sometimes something as "small" as leaning into compassion, both for your loved one and for yourself, can be exactly the breath of fresh air that's needed. After you've had a chance to catch your breath, you can decide what to do from there.
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The Purple Sherpa
Devices exist that will let you track where someone living with dementia is driving and allow you to set up zones and speed limits that will send you alerts to your smartphone when she exits an area or if she’s driving too fast or braking harshly. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/02/25/live-well/dementia-patients-who-drive-need-close-monitoring/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com
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The Purple Sherpa
Honoring the personal preferences of our loved one can make such a difference in their ability to enjoy the moments of their day. It's one more simple way to show that we care.
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The Purple Sherpa
Without realizing it, unrealistic expectations can impair our ability to see the beauty along life's way. When we set them down, as best we can in each moment, the tiny moments of joy in our lives become more more available.
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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