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Carol Bradley Bursack

Caregiver

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who spent more than two decades caring for a total of seven elders. This experience provided her with her foundation upon which she built her reputation as a columnist, author, blogger, and consultant. Carol is as passionate about supporting caregivers work through the diverse challenges in their often confusing role as she is about preserving the dignity of the person needing care. Find out much more about Carol at mindingourelders.com.

Latest by Carol Bradley Bursack

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Living With

Sensitivity Training for Caregivers of People with Dementia

As caregivers, we may get frustrated and complacent in our care, but it may snap you back to reality after taking a virtual reality tour where you’re made to feel like the one on the other side — the one with dementia.

Senior woman in robe being comforted by middle aged woman
Caregiving

How to Talk About a Friend's Death When Someone Has Dementia

A friend recently faced the task of letting her mother, who has mid-level dementia, know that the mother’s elderly brother had died. This death was not unexpected, but when a person has dementia and short-term memory loss is a problem, the news would ...

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Inability to Recognize Sarcasm: A Sign of Dementia?

Frontotemporal dementia is an umbrella term for a group of disorders that primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. These areas are generally associated with personality, behavior and language. A research team from the University ...

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How Dementia Affects Friendships (and What You Can About It)

Memory loss can be one of the first symptoms a person experiences with Alzheimer’s, and those living with Lewy body dementia may also become easily confused. These varied symptoms can make maintaining relationships more difficult, but friendships are ...

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You Are Not Alone: Caregivers Share Their Experiences

Long-term caregiving can be isolating and lonely, which is why peer support is so vital to a caregiver’s mental, emotional, and physical health. More than a decade ago, I searched for other caregivers with whom I could share my journey and discovered ...

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Treatment

What's the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice?

Why knowing the difference between hospice and palliative care is critical.

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Living With

Lewy Body Dementia: Caregivers' Personal Experiences

Lewy Body Dementia: Caregivers Talk About Experiences, Frustrations, Adjustments

Family grieving at a funeral
Death & Dying

The Emotional Impact of Losing a Loved One to Dementia

How to deal with mixed feelings of guilt, sadness, loss and even joy when losing a loved one after a battle with an illness.

Diane Wolff in the kitchen.
Nutrition

Tips for Eating Well with Swallowing Impairment

Problems with swallowing? Pureed food can still taste good and look appetizing.

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Stress

9 Tips to Manage Stress for Better Health

Increasingly, stress is considered a risk factor for dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s. Stress is also a risk factor for stroke and heart attack as well as a trigger for many diseases from arthritis to psoriasis. Obviously, limiting stress in our lives is a good idea. But how? Simply living what we call modern life seems to make stress the norm.