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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One caregiver shares how hospice helped care for and provide pain relief for her parents at the end of their lives. Hospice can be a difficult decision, but the benefits for patients and their family members are undeniable.

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Expecting a picture-perfect holiday often leaves us feeling disappointed and guilty. Here's how caregivers can move past the fantasy and focus on creating a more enjoyable holiday season for everyone.

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“Parenting your parent” has become a popular phrase for describing the unique challenges family caregivers experience. The concept seems accurate at first but subscribing to it can affect your ability to infuse respect into the care you provide.

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Grief isn't simply a moment in time. It doesn't just hit the moment your loved one passes away. The grieving process can begin the moment a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and it can last for years.

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This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.

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Dementia can cause a number of troubling behaviors in sufferers. Delusions can be especially challenging for family members to deal with. Sometimes a simple change in perspective can improve communication and help daily tasks go more smoothly. Caregivers are often faced with the choice of grounding their loved one or validating their perceptions of reality.

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When I first heard the term “Sandwich Generation,” it didn’t occur to me that I was a member of this commendable group. I survived caring for multiple seniors, raising my children and working all at once.

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From ignoring an elderly parent's endless calls, to wanting to take time for yourself, you're bound to feel guilty about some aspects of caregiving. Here's how one caregiver learned to stop feeling guilty and move on to feel peace.

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Caring for aging parents is complicated enough, but for those who endured abusive and neglectful childhoods, caregiving can reopen old wounds and cause new trauma. Choosing whether to participate in a parent’s care is tough, but you do have options.

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The benefits of adult day care services are twofold. Your aging parent can enjoy social opportunities, activities and added safety, while you are free to work, run errands, attend appointments or savor some respite time.

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If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. In some cases, there is no encouraging or convincing an elderly loved one to remain active.

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Long-distance caregiving is challenging, but so is convincing Mom and Dad to relocate so they’re closer to family. How do you know if you are making the right decision?

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Is it OK for elderly people in nursing homes to have sex? What happens when your elderly mom or dad falls in love with another senior at the nursing home or assisted living facility? When there's promiscuity in the nursing home, where do staff step in?

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When dealing with the delusions and paranoia that often accompany Alzheimer's disease, caregivers commonly face accusations of theft. An experienced caregiver offers advice on how to deal with a dementia patient who believes others are stealing.

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Exercising the right to vote is an inherently American activity. Many individuals with cognitive impairment are enthusiastic about contributing to the democratic process, but are they mentally capable of casting ballots?

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Sometimes family members come to holiday get-togethers bearing more than just gifts. Learn how to keep the peace and avoid family drama this year.

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Whether you are brand new to caregiving or you’ve been in the trenches for months, it’s never too late to reevaluate your priorities, set some boundaries to achieve a better balance in your life and repair relationships with the people you care about

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When siblings begin emphasizing cost reduction and the provision of unpaid care, primary caregivers often reach a sad realization: these family members aren’t interested in what is best for their parents or even what is fair to them as carers.

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Caring for an elderly parent is a 24-hour-a-day job and it's hard to get support. One easy way to find support is to talk to other caregivers in an online support group.

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Regardless of who moves in with whom, the decision to cohabitate with aging parents is a serious one that affects all relationships within a family, careers, finances, and the physical and mental health of everyone involved.

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