Over the span of two decades, author, columnist, consultant and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack cared for a neighbor and six elderly family members. Her experiences inspired her to pen, "Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories," a portable support group book for caregivers.

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For many adult children, deciding whether to inform a cognitively impaired parent that their spouse has died is a serious and often recurring struggle. Grief is natural following the loss of a loved one, but dementia complicates this process.

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Alcoholism is often overlooked in the elderly. Failing to recognize when an aging loved one has a drinking problem can lead to severe health issues and can even endanger others’ well-being.

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What's a caregiver to do if they aren't happy with the care their elderly seniors are receiving at an assisted living facility, nursing home or other senior care facility?

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There are many reasons why a senior’s bathing habits and personal hygiene may decline as they age. Be proactive about finding the root of poor hygiene and remember that compromise is key to the solution.

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Many family caregivers vow to never place their aging parents or spouses in a nursing home. But when their needs increase and caring for them at home becomes a struggle, a promise that was made in good faith often becomes a source of guilt and contention.

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The task of getting an elderly relative out of a cluttered, filthy, unsafe home is never easy. Here are some tips for caregivers and family to make the process more successful.

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It is frightening to watch an elderly loved one lose his or her ability to talk, respond, or communicate in any manner. Here is how to communicate with an elderly person who can no longer speak.

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More and more generations are living with one another in nursing homes. There's a culture clash happening in nursing homes: younger seniors (60s) and older residents (80s). Here is the issue that nursing homes face with residents of different ages.

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When sibling disputes get in the way of elderly parent's care, outside help might be needed. Elder care mediation, counseling and geriatric care managers are options for families.

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If you're caring for a senior who tries to take charge of everything and everyone around them, use these tips to help you handle their overbearing behavior while maintaining your own physical and mental health.

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While MIA siblings are the overwhelming norm, some families have very different experiences. This article offers a glimpse into another perspective on caregiving: that oft maligned long-distance siblings may actually be excluded by primary caregivers.

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Not all nursing homes are bad. Many are excellent. You need help and this may be your only choice.

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Families hire home care to provide respite and quality care for seniors, but what is a caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with this new addition to their care plan?

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More packages arrive at mom's doorstep, but she insists it's her money. Here are some tips to handle an elderly parent who spends too much money or is a shopaholic.

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How to address plans, wishes and issues related to end of life with their elderly parents and elderly loved ones.

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Investigate hospices early, before your elderly parent’s end of life approaches.

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Moving an elderly parent into assisted living or a nursing home is a hard transition for both the caregiver and the senior. Leaving the home where an aging parent spent a lifetime is both physically and emotionally challenging for the whole family.

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Many of us feel alone when we are trying to care for our aging parents. When we have one parent who has dementia, it is hard. When both are diagnosed, it is often nearly unbearable.

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For the Sandwich Generation, holidays are stressful. Your caregiving duties don't stop just because its the holidays. The kids aren't going to be less demanding than usual either. But it is possible to balance caregiving, family and the holidays.

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Caregivers struggle to maintain their own physical and mental health while providing care for loved ones who mistreat them. Learning to set boundaries, seek out help, and respect your limits can help you cope with abusive behaviors.

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