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
You know your loved one better than just about anyone else. Listen to your intuition if it’s telling you there’s something that needs attention. Listen to other input as well, of course, but don’t allow yourself to downplay what you know to be true. Your loved one is counting on you.
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The Purple Sherpa
Helpful tips for traveling while living with dementia.
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The Purple Sherpa
So many care-partners and caregivers tell this story: a family member was diagnosed with dementia, and because of the necessary care, I cut back my work hours, went part-time, turned down the promotion, retired early. Our care system depends on people making those sacrifices, but the cost to the care-partner/caregiver in financial terms and in stress can be enormous.
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The Purple Sherpa
This is how stigma operates. When we see *dementia* instead of the *person* who is living with dementia, we take away that person’s very sense of self. Especially early in dementia’s progression, we as care-partners and caregivers can insist that people speak to the person who’s living with dementia (though we must always be ready to speak up if accurate information is necessary and not being conveyed, for example, in a medical appointment), we can look for ways to support our person in continuing his or her activities in a safe manner, and so on. Dementia steals, but stigma shouldn’t be allowed to do so too.
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The Purple Sherpa
One of the hardest parts of dementia is the loss of our loved one's memory and physical abilities.

In The Purple Sherpa Basecamp, we understand in a way that only those who are dealing with dementia can. Consider joining our free, closed FB group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThePurpleSherpaBasecamp?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com
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The Purple Sherpa
Really good suggestions for dealing with the holidays while living with dementia or caring for someone who's living with dementia.
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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