Caregiving

Everything you need to know about caregiving, whether for your aging parents, spouse, or children with chronic illness. Tips, guidance, and stories from others who understand.

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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Are You a Depressed Caregiver?

Feel like you’re letting everyone down? Have you become isolated? Carol outlines these ways and more that might signify you’re depressed as a caregiver.

By The Candid Caregiver

How to Give Your Metastatic Breast Cancer Caregivers Help

Caregivers are human, too; they need a regular “battery recharge” in order to best keep caring for you. Here are some tips on how to keep your metastatic breast caregiver team in top-notch shape.

By PJ Hamel

Fresh Outlook Can Help Caregivers

It’s common for caregivers to feel stressed about constant changes as well as numbed by the sameness of needing to focus on the care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

By The Candid Caregiver

Top Apps for Caregiving and Dementia Care to Make Life Easier

Smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of modern life, and they can even help caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia.

By The Candid Caregiver

Let Patients Help: An Interview With ‘e-Patient Dave’ deBronkart

After his experience with kidney cancer, Dave became the infamous ‘e-Patient Dave’ – a leading voice for a movement to empower and engage people with medical conditions to become active participants in their healthcare.

By Lene Andersen

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.