Health knowledge made personal

Carol Bradley Bursack

Fargo, North Dakota
Over the span of two decades, author, columnist, consultant and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack cared for a neighbor and six elderly family members. As a result of this experience, Bradley Bursack wrote "Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories," a portable support... Full Bio
› Share page:

Posts

Sort by: Most recent | Name
Long-term Caregiving May Shorten Life Up To Eight Years by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia A new study by Ohio State University in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging has shown that adult children caring for their pa ... Read on »
Transition to Nursing Home Can be Difficult by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: My dad’s been in a wheelchair since suffering from a stroke years ago. Mom took care of him at home with a lot of help. After ... Read on »
Alzheimer’s Awareness Helps but Stigma Remains by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia One would think that with news coverage, television specials and even movies based on characters with Alzheimer’s disease, the stigma of d ... Read on »
Unearned Guilt Intrinsic to Most Caregiving by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia If ever there’s a group of people who suffer deeply from unearned guilt it’s caregivers. Whether you’re the parent of a vulnerable adult, ... Read on »
Small Things Important to Aging Mom by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Readers: Like most of us, I grew up hearing that it’s the little things that count. I’m becoming increasingly aware of the truth in t ... Read on »
Sexual Attraction and Love in Later Years by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Recently, I received a question from a reader whose mother, in her late 70s, is in love with a man who just turned 80. The reader wondered ... Read on »
Lack of Oxygen to Brain May be Cause Behind Some Alzheimer's by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Why some elders develop Alzheimer’s disease and others do not remains a medical puzzle, but researchers are coming closer to understanding ... Read on »
The Meaning of Motherhood by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia While many of us are mothers, all of us are someone's child.If we had a mother who was neglectful or abusive, it affects us for life. The ... Read on »
Lack of Volunteers Slows Progress of Alzheimer's Research by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Frequently, I hear from people with a family history of Alzheimer’s who fear that they will also develop the disease. Naturally, they are ... Read on »
Younger spouses can feel left out of caregiving advice by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia DEAR CAROL: My husband and I are in our late forties. Unfortunately, he has younger onset Alzheimer’s disease. I’m just writing to say publi ... Read on »
Alzheimer's Disease Doesn't Only Affect the Aged by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis at the age of 75 can be a crushing blow. Imagine, then, what it would be like to receive such a diagnos ... Read on »
Training Frontline Caregivers Essential Cost Effective by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia A few years back, I had a chance to go through a rigorous caregiver’s experience by attending “Dementia Boot Camp.” Though I felt I was as g ... Read on »
Elder Couples Often Cover Each Others Memory Problems by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Healthy aging brings with it some losses, but if seniors have a mate, they often can live independently for a longer time as they fill in ... Read on »
Elders Can Be Vulnerable to Domestic Abuse by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Most of us want the best possible care for our aging parents. There are many ways to provide good care, one of which is bringing our paren ... Read on »
Exercise May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s: Recent Study Shows Why by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The hippocampus, which is the area of the brain damaged by Alzheimer’s disease, plays an important role in forming long-term memories as w ... Read on »
Would a Feeding Tube Have Been a Better Choice? by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: My dad was 89-years-old and in a nursing home before he died. Through no one’s fault, he fell and broke his hip. While he was ... Read on »
Assisted Suicide: Could a Loving Caregiver Provide the Means of Death? by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia My mother, during her last two years of agony, would often a look at me as say, "Can't you just give me a little black pill?" It was obvio ... Read on »
The Serious Nature of Wandering in Alzheimer's by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia It’s been several years, now, but I’ve never forgotten the story. A then 58-year-old Minnesota woman had been diagnosed with early on-set ... Read on »
When the Care Receiver Criticizes the Caregiver by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers frequently turn their lives inside out in order to care for their loved ones in decline. I know, because I've done it. The numb ... Read on »
Ten Tips to Help Your Be a Good Friend to a Caregiver by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia ...If you are just a casual friend to the caregiver, perhaps it's best to remain that way. Still, some of you really care about your careg ... Read on »