Celebrating Love: Dementia Caregivers Speak Up

Credit: Thinkstock Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays have traditionally been celebrated with balloons, gifts, cards, parties, and food. Sadly, when dementia enters into the picture, such general mayhem may overwhelm a person already confu...
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders

Midlife Exercise May Have Beneficial Effects on Brain Later in Life

Credit: Thinkstock Once you’ve reached your 70s, will you look back and thank your middle-aged self for spending another hour each day on social media rather than jogging around your neighborhood? According to new research, the answer is no: you’re m...
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders

Using Physical Therapy to Achieve the Best Version of You

Credit: Thinkstock As people age, they are likely to find that balance issues, arthritis, neurological diseases, and other health problems become a threat to their quality of life. People facing these problems often find that being evaluated and trea...
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders

Do You Need a Specialist for a Dementia Diagnosis?

Credit: Thinkstock For many adult children and spouses, it’s difficult to convince a parent or mate to stay current with the medical appointments needed for checkups and medication renewals. If specialists are required, that generally means more wait...
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders

Needs of 'Elder Orphans' a Growing Concern in Aging Population

Credit: Thinkstock "Elder orphan" is a term used by medical professionals to describe individuals living alone with little to no support system. In a research article published in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, in July 2016, “...
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders

Is Our Youth-Obsessed Culture Making You Old Before Your Time?

Credit: Thinkstock Look young Feel young! Think young! The constant barrage of information about how being forever young is the only desirable way to live is enough to make even a young person feel old. Now researchers have shown that this ageism is ...
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders

Alzheimer's: What Is Really in Your Control?

Credit: Thinkstock When it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the sad reality is that there is no cure. But a significant number of people have an increased risk due to genetics, and everyone has an increased risk as they age. According to the Alzhei...
Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders