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Carol Bradley Bursack
I'm an author, blogger, columnist and speaker and consultant who can be reached by email at carolbursack@msn.com.
Interests: Family, senior, elder and caregiver advocacy; reading, writing, staying in tune with music and literature.
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Dear AR: Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate hearing from people of all ages. I’ve covered end-of-life documents before, of course, but here I’m adding information about another form ... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Minding Our Elders&reg
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The NIH is not saying that you should stop taking these medications if you are on one, but their information does suggest that you may want to discuss this risk with your doctor. Perhaps there is a better choice for you. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...Uncharacteristically, he's started yelling at people who try to help him. What's going on? – SC Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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It’s rare for an older adult to admit to incontinence as soon as some problem is evident, but we hope that with education older adults and their caregivers will grow to accept this condition as an inconvenience rather than a cause for shame. The embarrassment... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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"Incontinence affects millions of Americans and is very closely linked to diet, since what someone eats and drinks directly affects their bladder. With that said, people may think drinking less water will help them avoid incontinence, but..." Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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As with so many things regarding our aging parents, you could consider how you are approaching your mom. You might think that you are doing so with compassion and gentleness, but... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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“I’m worried about her safety and have been telling her for several years that she needs help,” she continues. “I’m not proud to say that I’ve stooped to yelling at her, but I have done it. I hate the thought of her falling and not having help, and I also think she’d be happier with more company..." Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear LS: Forgive me for repeating myself but considering my mail, it’s obvious that your situation is a common one.First, not keeping a house up as well as when people are young... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Understand that we aren’t talking about someone who wasn’t smelling too fresh one day when you stopped in. There could be many reasons for this. Perhaps they simply had a hard arthritis day or on the other extreme, maybe they had a stellar day and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Multigenerational living can have serious implications, and there are a number of factors that are often overlooked that must be taken into consideration first. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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As caregivers, we walk a thin line between keeping our loved ones safe and helping to preserve their independence. One of my first experiences with this concept occurred with my elderly neighbor and first care recipient. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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For some lucky families, having all adult siblings gather around and plan how to take care of Mom and Dad as their parents’ health begins to fail is a great comfort. For other families, things can take a disastrous turn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Many of us feel honored to provide care for our aging parents or ill spouses, but this honor can also present serious challenges. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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The responsibility of providing care for an aging or ill loved one is a monumental challenge in its own right. But when a care recipient is domineering about how and when every single task is done, it’s bound to exasperate those who are in charge of their daily care. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear SN: You have my sympathy and understanding. I believe that your situation isn't all that rare. I hear about it often from readers, and it happened to me, as well. My timeframe was similar to yours but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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This is admirable thinking. However, as years go by and care needs mount, we find ourselves faced with the fact that we can’t raise our families, work our jobs and provide full-time hands-on care year-round. So, with some guilt, we start looking at other options. For some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Frustrated family caregivers often struggle to convince aging loved ones to bathe more often. The solution seems simple, but there is often much more to this issue than meets the eye. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...In all my years of caring for seniors and interacting with other family caregivers, I’ve learned a great deal from my own experiences and others’ caregiving journeys. Keep in mind that the “right” approach depends on a few different factors and will often vary from day to day. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Some adult children work seamlessly together to find the best care solutions for their aging parents. However, some siblings don’t contribute at all, leaving the heavy lifting, sacrifices, and difficult choices... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...Should I move in with my elderly parents or should I build an addition onto our house? The list of present and future concerns is extensive. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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It’s important to remember that these negative thoughts are a completely normal reaction to a stressful and sometimes thankless situation. Rather than guilting yourself for how you feel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear JY: You’re a good daughter, so don’t let your parents or anyone else make you feel guilty for needing to continue work both for income and fulfillment. No adult child should be required to move in with their parents to become a full-time caregiver unless this is their choice. Even if doing so is their first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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We may know in our hearts for a long time that assisted living or nursing home care is necessary but we don’t want to make that change. We don’t trust outsiders to provide the loving care that we do. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...For this reason, telling her that her incontinence pad is leaking, and she needs to change will likely be met with a confused look or worse – anger and resentment. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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He locked one in-home care aide out of his home, let another inside but was rude to her, and thoroughly enjoyed one young man but only because they could discuss golf together... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg