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The Candid Caregiver

The Candid Caregiver (TCC) is a safe place for all caregivers, of any condition area or caregiving level, to go for candid yet professional guidance. Questions will be answered, tough topics will be discussed, and the caregivers will ultimately have a place where they, themselves, feel cared for. No topics are off the table. Ask your questions and share your stories on social media using the hashtag #TheCandidCaregiver.

TCC's lead caregiver and author is Carol Bradley Bursack, a veteran family caregiver with more than two decades of experience.

Latest by The Candid Caregiver

Elderly man in wheelchair and young woman, from behind
Self Care

Caregiving Pain: What’s in a Name?

Having a person with dementia forget your name is among the most painful parts of the illness and caregiving. A veteran caregiver shares stories to help you feel less alone and tips for handling the hurt.

Senior mother and daughter laughing together.
Support Systems

If Your Aging Parent Needs Help but Won’t Accept it: Proceed With Caution

Being the caregiver for an aging parent who doesn’t want help takes a slow, careful approach to get maximum cooperation.

senior woman with young caregiver
Relationships

How to Stay Positive While Caregiving

When surrounded by illness and burdened by menial tasks, it can be easy for caregivers to slide into negative thinking. Here are some practical strategies to stay positive.

Young man and old man playing chess in the park
Living With

Your Parent With Dementia Needs Help, but Won't Admit It

Here’s how to maintain their dignity and offer choices.

many multi-colored pills
Prescription

Is Your Aging Parent on Too Many Meds?

The older people get, the more prescriptions they take to stay healthy. That's not always a good thing. Find out how to keep your loved ones safe.

Sisters making dinner for their senior father.
Relationships

How to Deal With Resentment of Family Members Who Don't Pitch In

How to breach the delicate issue of when siblings don't pitch in? Here are some practical pointers that help save your health and relationships.

Alzheimers Authors showcasing their books.
Profile

Horses and Writing Kept This Caregiver Afloat

Ann Campanella’s dual struggle with miscarriage and caring for her mother with Alzheimer's led her to write a book and later to become an advocate for authors like her.

Senior man and adult daughter laughing and talking.
Living With

Moments of Clarity: How Loved Ones Living With Dementia Can Surprise Us

It’s not unheard of to enjoy a glimpse of your elder as they were before. Carol Bradley Bursack shares how to cherish these thrilling moments of clarity.

Woman carrying groceries for her senior father.
Living With

Dementia: How to Respond to Impatient People and Maintain Your Loved One's Dignity

Our Caregiving Expert, Carol Bradley Bursack, shares how she responds to insensitive comments toward elders.

Middle age friends having a discussion in a living room.
Caregiving

Why Language Matters With Dementia

Words like "suffering" and "patient" place dementia in a tragedy narrative and make it difficult for the caregiver to stay positive.