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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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Your friend may have turned down your invitations, but don’t drop her from your list. She still needs to know that people care. It may be that her situation is so emotionally and physically overwhelming... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Minding Our Elders&reg
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The confidence that you gain from this type of resource can inspire you to stay strong in what you know, and these connections will keep you learning. Additionally, if... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Mention a wonderful new assisted living that your friend’s mother just moved into. Mention some exciting new upgrades to in-home bathrooms that are actually good for everyone’s safety. Then, turn the conversation elsewhere... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear Mom’s Keeper: You sound like a caring daughter with understandable concerns. If it’s any comfort, parents resisting help is a common problem faced by adult children. For some, the concern is about cognitive problems, which thankfully isn’t an issue here, but each requires a somewhat different approach. You, along with most adult children, want to see your mother stay safe. Unfortunately, this logical and understandable viewpoint is running head on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear TR: You and your husband have my deepest sympathy for his poor health as well as for the distress his grown children are causing. Your husband’s decision is allowing for the reality of his illness... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear BG: You are not in any way a bad daughter. In fact, you sound like a smart, loving daughter with insight. You’re intuitive enough to acknowledge that becoming a long-term, full-time caregiver would not work for you. Acceptance of this fact without judgment... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear SL: While you may be more self-sufficient than many older adults we read about, you are certainly not selfish and possibly not as unusual as conventional wisdom would imply. We can’t ignore the fact that loneliness and isolation are killers for older adults... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Minding Our Elders&reg
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As people age, they tend to feel a loss of control over many things, namely their independence. Our bodies weaken and affect our physical abilities. Chronic pain may be a new reality. Some lose the ability to walk without the assistance of another person or a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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While most people who develop the disease can live well if they have solid medical support, there are still challenges, and sadly the disease is progressive. By the way... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Their yard is in desperate need of attention, so you start taking time away from your family to pitch in each week. Then it’s grocery shopping and rides to doctor’s appointments and then, well, you’re on your way to taking on a second job... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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This angry, difficult woman became easier for the staff to handle. She was friendly, cooperative and generally happy—much like she had been before the dementia-related behaviors and mood swings set in. She was still unable to communicate effectively with her husband... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Many elders do well in their homes. They graciously accept the help they need, have cleaning people come in, and are even able to throw away the old newspapers that are piling up in the corner. They are content with adding some safety measures and feel cozy with a bit of clutter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this painful situation. 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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear HG: While few people have ideal childhoods, most are relatively nourishing or at least not abusive. Tragically, there are also many like you who were abused, and I weep for you in my heart. You’ve done a significant... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...You may go home from the nursing home where your spouse lives and cry from the loneliness that resides in your heart. Or, if your spouse is still home Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...Do we pick up the slack to keep long-lasting traditions intact, or do we pretend the special day doesn’t exist and let it pass by unobserved? Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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When you were a teen, you often took care of your grandma, who was ravaged by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), while also keeping track of your toddler sister. When you were the joint owner of a four-plex, you did your best to help your tenant/neighbor who struggled with RA... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Without any solid plans or reprioritizing, things that were once at the forefront of your life, like your job, your friends, and even your relationship with your significant other, can wind up on the back burner. Whether you are brand new to caregiving,,, Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...Victoria had a closet full of sweaters, but that did not matter. She wanted her red one. That red one. Anyone who took anything away from Victoria was a thief in her mind. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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...With that in mind, here's a brief report for readers on some of the more common reasons that young adults may live with incontinence. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but I think that people can get the message. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Dear PE: Most of us who’ve spent hours with someone inassisted living or a nursing home understand your dilemma. You want to bepresent for your dad, but neither of you enjoys just sitting there with nothingto say or do. Now, as you mentioned, most people in your situation are using videowhich adds another layer of awkwardness. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Many of your older adults’ friends have likely had times when urinary problems have challenged them. Some of these situations can be resolved with a medical intervention... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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Many conditions can carry as a side effect some degree of fecal incontinence, so if you are affected, or someone you care for is struggling with the issue, having a better understanding of the potential causes could help ease the way toward treatment or acceptance. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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One of the things that brings me joy in my role with Egosan is their customer service. As a consumer, I feel that how a customer is treated when they have a question or problem is a top priority... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg
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"My parents came and they were told everything. My mom was kind of supportive, but my stepdad was mean saying stuff like, “Oh, so he's a baby and can't hold nothing. I’m not buying him diapers.” Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Minding Our Elders&reg