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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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Staying on Track With Medications: Tips and Services by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia “Take twice daily.” “Take one before bed.” “Take two as soon as you wake up.” “Remember to take every day.” The instructions f ... Read on »
Music Can Soothe Agitation, Stimulate Memory in Dementia by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia In his 70s, my dad underwent surgery meant to correct worsening issues from a World War II brain injury. Instead of helping prevent dement ... Read on »
Elder’s Dementia Can Be Especially Hard on Teens by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: My grandma has frontotemporal dementia which has completely changed her personality. She used to be funny and loving but now s ... Read on »
6 New Discoveries in Alzheimer’s Research by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia  There are countless studies being conducted in the rush to find a way to better understand and prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Even ... Read on »
Tai Chi May Boost Brain Size, Increase Memory in Seniors by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Tai chi, as described by the Mayo Clinic website, is “… a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. To ... Read on »
Administration on Aging Programs Assist Caregivers Nationwide by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Administration on Aging programs provide assistance for caregivers nationwide - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/15 ... Read on »
Emotionally Descriptive Words Can Lose Meaning with Semantic Dementia by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Personality change is the hallmark of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), but a small percentage of people with FTD experience an additional pr ... Read on »
Changes in Gait May Predict Alzheimer's Disease by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia When you are stuck behind an older woman at the supermarket, do you get impatient at her slow pace? Maybe she simply has all the time in t ... Read on »
5 Technologies I Would Have Enjoyed During Earlier Caregiving by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia One type of technology that I found invaluable at the time – and still do – is the personal alarm. I subscribed to a personal alarm servic ... Read on »
Alzheimer's Affects Genders Differently For Several Reasons by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia While it’s been known for years that statistically more women than men develop Alzheimer’s disease, the reason was thought to be that, as a ... Read on »
Aging Itself Shouldn't Mean Loss of Rights by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: My 76-year-old mother lives alone in the family home and she doesn’t want to move. There’s no family in her community anymore ... Read on »
Humor Provides Armor Against Caregivers’ Pain by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Some situations leave no room for laughter. But some tough times can offer moments of levity if we choose to recognize them. My sister, Be ... Read on »
Preventing or Managing Diabetes Lowers Risk of Cognitive Decline by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia As far back as 2006, the New York Times was reporting on  the deepening link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease . Now, new results fro ... Read on »
Outside Activities Vital to Caregiver Mental Health by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia ...I then suggested that the very fact that she was concerned about herself speaks to the issue that she needs more breaks from caregiving ... Read on »
Educating Grandchildren About Alzheimer’s and Dementia by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia My sons were young teens when their grandfather had surgery that left him with dementia. Literally overnight, the boys saw their loving, i ... Read on »
Slide Show: 10 Questions About Alzheimer’s by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Here are questions HealthCentral visitors have asked about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, along with my answers. - See more at: ht ... Read on »
Alzheimer’s Disease Does Not Diminish Pain Sensitivity by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Many people with Alzheimer's disease have been administered less pain medication than peers with no dementia who suffer from similar painf ... Read on »
Forgive Yourself: All Caregivers Will Make Mistakes by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dear Carol: I’ve read much of your work about not arguing with people who have dementia, but I have a hard time following through. Yesterd ... Read on »
Iron Levels May Affect Stroke and Dementia Risk by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia It’s long been accepted that iron is a necessary nutrient for the body though the amount needed can change with an individual’s age as wel ... Read on »
Alzheimer’s Can Dramatically Change Financial Future by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia According to Alzheimer’s Association, the average lifetime cost of care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is $174,000. If the person wh ... Read on »