Alzheimer's Disease

7 Tips for Preserving an Aging Parent's Dignity


Encourage hobbies and productive pursuits

Ask parent what he or she wants to be called

Avoid using baby terms

Allow privacy

Include parent in conversations

Offer choices

Validate, don't argue

The takeaway

Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack


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