Caregiving

Tips, guidance, and stories from others who understand the world of caregiving, whether for your aging parents, spouse, children with chronic illness, or as your career.

The Stages of Alzheimer's and the Caregiver's Role

Here’s how people living with Alzheimer’s disease, and their families, can prepare for the future.

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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.

By The Candid Caregiver

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.

By The Candid Caregiver

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.

By The Candid Caregiver

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.

By The Candid Caregiver

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.

By The Candid Caregiver

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.

By The Candid Caregiver

Caregiving: Could Your Body Language Be Making Your Loved One Anxious?

Our body language can communicate messages that we aren’t aware of. Carol Bradley Bursack offers guidance for caregivers.

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.

By The Candid Caregiver

'Kick-Ass' Author’s Foundation Helps Caregivers in Need

When a life-altering stroke struck her otherwise healthy husband, Kathi Koll’s life changed in an instant. She ultimately used her experience as his caregiver to start a foundation to help caregivers in need.

By The Candid Caregiver

Gift Ideas for the Caregiver in Your Life

The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are managing the demands of caregiving and juggling the hustle and bustle of this festive time of year. Here are nine great gift ideas for those caring for others.

By Sara Suchy

Meet the Experts

Carol Bradley Bursack

Caregiver, patient expert

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who writes as the Candid Caregiver as well as focusing on dementia.

The Candid Caregiver

A safe place for all caregivers, of any condition area or caregiving level, to go for candid yet professional guidance from veteran caregiver Carol Bradley Bursack.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Carol Bradley Bursack

Caregiver, patient expert

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who writes as the Candid Caregiver as well as focusing on dementia.

Health News

New Findings on Exercise and Dementia

Results of the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) trial, a randomized, controlled study conducted in the United Kingdom, suggest that moderate- to high-intensity aerobic and strength training doesn’t slow cognitive decline and may worsen symptoms ...

Older Adults With Gout Have Higher Rates of Dementia

Seniors with gout, a painful condition caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, have a 17 to 20 percent higher-than-normal risk for dementia, according to a recent study.

Your Stressful Job Raises Your A-fib Risk

A Swedish study reports that job strain is associated with an almost 50 percent increased risk of a-fib.