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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
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Caregivers Can be Abused by Their Care Receivers by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Being in a vulnerable state of health doesn’t necessarily turn a person who was historically abusive to family members into a sweet lamb. ... Read on »
Sparing a Loved One With Dementia Unnecessary Grief by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: My mother has mid-stage dementia and just recently started asking to see her deceased twin brother. It breaks my heart to tell h ... Read on »
Blog Host Problems Caused Outage for Many by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia To my readers, I apologize for the outage that started early Monday. My blog host had an attack that caused major havoc for them. That pro ... Read on »
Reminiscing Effective Treatment for People with Dementia by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I love stories. When I was a teenager, I’d encourage grandparents to relate stories of their young years struggling to survive on the wind ... Read on »
Drug Free Management of Sundowning in Alzheimer's by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Sundowning, sometimes called Sundown Syndrome, is the label given to late day anxiety, irritability, disorientation and general agitation ... Read on »
Tips for Coping With Incontinence by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Incontinence can be an embarrassing problem for an elder, thus making coping with it emotional and sometimes a battlefield between generatio ... Read on »
Aging Eyes May Play a Role in Several Diseases by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia A recent story in the New York Times reports on new information suggesting that many problems we face as we age, including memory loss, in ... Read on »
Caffeine May Prevent Alzheimer’s by Halting Tau Protein Growth by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Several studies have shown that coffee offers protective benefits to our health with its high antioxidant rating. Now, another study has s ... Read on »
Is It Dementia or Something Different? by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia ...Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that gradually destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually the ab ... Read on »
Sibling Disapproves of Parent’s Move to Nursing Home by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: I’ve been taking care of my mother for seven years. For five years, she lived in an apartment and I visited twice a day to pro ... Read on »
Choosing a Care Facility? Listen To Your Gut by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia People often ask what to look for when choosing an assisted living facility or a nursing home for a loved one. There are grading sites suc ... Read on »
Arts Improve Quality of life for Stroke Survivors and People with Dementia by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Research continues to show that the arts enhance quality of life for people who have health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease and st ... Read on »
When a Parent Has Dementia, Arguments Can Be Counterproductive by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia "Thank you for helping an old man’s fantasies,” Dad said, in one of his increasingly rare moments of clarity. He looked at me through clea ... Read on »
Is Alzheimer’s the Default Diagnosis for Confused Elderly? by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Alzheimer’s organizations have worked diligently to raise public awareness of the disease. Their efforts are paying off handsomely. I’d ch ... Read on »
Researchers Create Alzheimer’s Cells in Lab by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The failure rate for clinical trials to test treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease is high. One reason for ... Read on »
Has Dementia Changed Your Spouse's Personality? by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Although Alzheimer’s disease is likely the most common and well-known dementia, the reality is that there are many other types of dementia ... Read on »
Caregiver’s Self Care May Decrease Alzheimer's Risk by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: Alzheimer’s has affected both of my parents. Mom died two years ago and Dad is now in mid-stage Alzheimer’s. I’m worn out from ... Read on »
Elders Who Won't Shower or Change Clothes: How to Cope by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia ...Sometimes the issue is depression. If we have a parent who no longer takes an interest in staying clean or wearing clean clothes, it's ... Read on »
Hospital Stay May Be Fatal for People With Alzheimer's by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia It seems that the hospitalization of a person with dementia presents an even greater risk than previously thought. According to an article ... Read on »
Pilot Program Gives Medicare Hospice Patients More Options by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia When patients enter hospice care, they must be certified as terminally ill with six months or less to live. Hospice provides palliative care ... Read on »