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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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What to do? As with most dementia-related challenges, there are no miracles, and what works one day may not the next. However, there are some things that you can try. Most of these tips stem from increased knowledge about what can trigger rebellion in a person living with dementia. Let’s take a look... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Please remember that I’m only providing information. Other than the Alzheimer’s stamp and the videos below, I’m not endorsing the products since I rarely do that, and I haven’t tried them. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Deep issues remained between Nancy and her mother, however. Most notably, her mom would not admit to having been abusive. Nancy was willing to work toward healing together in family counseling, but her mother vehemently denied... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Although it comes from external sources, this is still a type of undeserved guilt that must be overcome. It, too, can run family caregivers down, contributing to feelings of anxiety, depression, and burnout. In these cases, setting boundaries is crucial... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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This wall was cluttered with both real and fake accomplishments, but I knew I would need to find room for more. Dad's broken brain would tell him he had earned something else and eventually I would need to produce it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia than frequent memory lapses. If we feel that dementia may be in our future or that of our loved one, what other indications of cognitive change should we watch for? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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The main steps for preparation include folding them sideways (Egosan has a blue line that shows you) to help make the “bowl” shape and gently twisting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear AT: My heart goes out to you as you make your way through this caregiver dilemma. Let me remind you that you’ve been nothing less than heroic. Having now made the difficult decision to place your husband... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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My incontinence is functional due to severe abuse when I was in care. The nerves and muscles that control my bladder and bowels are damaged beyond repair. I struggled with stigma with my incontinence... ... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...“I know,” she’d answer solemnly. “He is in pain. We know him and can see it, but the doctor looks at his chart and says he sleeps so much that he can’t possibly be in pain. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...Somehow, that word made me grind my teeth. My loved ones were not a patch of land. They were not a house. They were not an object. Yet the term “caretaker” brought such images to mind. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Most seniors, like the rest of the population, don't abuse alcohol. They've gone through their adult lives with an occasional social drink or a glass of wine with dinner. However, life events can cause a senior extra stress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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When the study began, hundreds of the patients already had diabetes. Ten years later, many more of them developed diabetes and many also have suffered cognitive decline. According to the researcher's, these two health outcomes were closely linked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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For this reason, a study that concluded that dementia is the cause rather than the effect of loneliness has made many researchers and doctors take particular notice. Lead researcher of this startling study... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear MH: Your grandma is fortunate to have you as her advocate. Not everyone has someone so dedicated. I believe you’ll feel better if you understand that the advocates who compile recommended criteria are taking a broad view. In general, not taking the time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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As the years went by, however, I slowly began to notice a change in terminology in the clinic and hospital settings. When I accompanied my loved ones to medical appointments, the dreaded “caretaker” was gradually overtaken by “caregiver"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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If we were proactive, we’ve already discussed the choices for living arrangements our loved ones would have made for themselves under differing circumstances, however many people haven’t done... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Consumers also need to explore unique options that may be available to them, including special programs for the poor and for veterans. Some programs have age restrictions while others do not.// Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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As time goes by and our loved ones’ care needs mount, we find ourselves spread thinner and thinner. Eventually, we are forced to admit that we can’t raise our families, work our jobs, care for ourselves and provide full-time hands-on care over the long term. So, we regretfully... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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“Caring for a parent in itself can be physically and emotionally demanding, and adding numerous opinions and personalities to the mix can multiply the complexities involved,” explains... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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The stigma that stubbornly persists around adult incontinence is not just unfortunate – it’s damaging to quality of life. Socialization is vital to aging well for both of you, which means that somehow, he has to come to terms with his incontinence as an inconvenience rather than the beginning of the end as you put it to any quality of life for him and for you as a couple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Next, consider how well your parents have managed money in the past. Some could barely keep track of their checking accounts no matter their age. Others were whizzes. Most will fall in the middle. Understanding... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Your husband, children, and grandchild are as important as your parents, so you’ll need to be aware of times when you could be neglecting them due to attending to your parents’ needs. That's okay in emergencies... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Managing your dad’s Alzheimer's at home is enough of a challenge without the distraction of incontinence, but incontinence is part of most types of dementia. While I can't change that, I can give you some suggestions that might help make life easier for you.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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"After adjustment for other risk factors, older persons with feelings of loneliness were more likely to develop dementia” than people without such feelings. For this reason, a study... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg