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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Our common habit in starting conversation is to ask a question, but this can have exactly the opposite effect with someone who's living with dementia: if we ask about something that requires any memory recall, it may seem like we're asking a trick question or giving a pop quiz, even if that's the last thing we'd ever intend. More here: http://ed.gr/dmkfu
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The Purple Sherpa
I wish I could have read this article about identifying pain in someone who's living with dementia while my dad was living. It isn't easy. Well worth a read -- and I'd even suggest filing it away for future reference. https://ed.gr/c8czr
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The Purple Sherpa
It's devastating to realize how little has changed since 1991 about the affordability and availability of care for people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. People are still afraid.
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The Purple Sherpa
Positivity that denies how difficult it is to care for someone who's living with dementia is damaging. What caregivers need is empathy, compassion, a willingness to listen without judgment. Read more here:
https://ed.gr/dmkhn

If you need this kind of support, check out The Purple Sherpa Basecamp, a free, closed FB group that offers support to active dementia family care-partners and caregivers. Find us here: https://ed.gr/dmkhp
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The Purple Sherpa
And how to cope when you are given the news.
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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