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Home caregivers meeting with woman.
Caregiving

Home Care and In-Home Care: What's Covered; What's Not?

From simple tasks around the house to attending to medical needs, professionals can help you keep a loved one at home as long as possible. Here’s how to determine what services are available and whether they’ll be covered by your insurance.

Woman writing a letter in a journal.
Letters

Letter to Myself: On Becoming a Compassionate Caregiver

Veteran caregiver Carol Bradley Bursack shares her history of caregiving and offers her younger self the compassion and advice she so often tells others.

Senior wife hugging husband in a wheelchair.
Doctor & Patient

How to Help Your Elder in Crisis

Frequent emergencies are part of caring for an elderly spouse or parent. Thinking more like an ER doctor can help you make quick, informed decisions at a moment's notice.

Senior woman drinking coffee with her caregiver.
Caregiving

How to Help a Loved One Maintain Dignity With Incontinence

If you care for an aging parent or spouse, it can be difficult to talk about incontinence. But finding the right products and asking a medical-equipment professional to help can ease the burden for them and for you.

Palliative care.
End of Life

How to Plan for Your Loved Ones’ Dying Wishes: Insight From an ER Doctor

When the time comes to either save your loved one, or let them go, are you prepared to honor their wishes? This ER doctor shares his experiences with patients, and why you should let them go.

Senior woman and her daughter taking a walk together outdoors.
Caregiving

10 Things People With Dementia Wish Their Caregivers Knew

Ever wish you could peer inside the brain of your loved one with dementia? Carol Bradley Bursack helps caregivers understand the thoughts of those with dementia.

Senior couple walking in the winter.
Falls

Keeping Your Feet Planted During Icy Months

Rushing to stay out of cold winter weather can cause slips and falls, which can be life-altering for aging adults. Here's how to avoid these mishaps.

Senior woman holding her small dog in a living room chair at home.
Healthy Aging

Helping an Elderly Loved One Leave Behind a Pet

Animals can be a barrier against loneliness for older adults. If a move to assisted living requires someone you love to leave behind a pet, here’s how to help.

Laughing with other caregivers.
Caregiving

Caregiving Humor: If We Don't Laugh We'll Cry

Humor is a powerful tool to relieve caregiving stress. Carol Bradley Bursack weighs in on the difference between laughing at someone who is struggling with dementia and the circumstances.

Middle aged people on date.
Dating

My Mom With Dementia Won’t Let me Date

Going out on a date doesn’t feel worth the fuss this caregiver’s mom makes whenever someone picks her up for an evening out. The Candid Caregiver offers advice.