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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Dementia's onset is generally slow (though the isn't always the case) and there's time to make changes that will make it easier to live in the home as dementia advances. Read this article for suggestions on changes to make: https://www.thewesternstar.com/living/practical-tips-for-dealing-with-dementia-at-home-323655/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com
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A positive attitude won't change dementia, but especially in the early stages, it may change the way the person living with dementia and his or her care-partners experience life. Looking for hope and for what's good can help to create a better way of living. It's more difficult as dementia progresses, but it's always worth the effort.
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Interesting article about how a daughter's experience caring for her dad after his young-onset dementia diagnosis changed her own life. https://www.alzheimersblog.org/2020/04/06/fathers-younger-onset-diagnosis-inspires-daughter-revisit-priorities/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com
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When dementia is in play, communication at some point becomes more about building connection than about conveying information. Sometimes it's just about the emotional content that says, "I hear you, I understand your feelings, and I'm on your side." (PS: That isn't always easy.)
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The Purple Sherpa
This beautiful poem by Alan Towers strikes a chord with anyone who loves 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

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YOUR FELLOW SHERPAS

YOUR FELLOW SHERPAS

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