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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The caregivers' grieving process begins the moment a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening 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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Learn how to stop feeling guilty and forgive yourself for your imperfections. Here are the best ways to stop feeling guilty for things you're experiencing as a caregiver.

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Caring for aging parents is complicated, even more so when you were raised by abusive, addicted and/or neglectful parents. Get advice, support, and options for making care decisions while dealing with abusive relationship dynamics.

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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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Our daily caregiving tasks are challenging, but one in particular often gives families a lot of grief: ensuring our loved ones are stimulated and entertained.

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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, single mom or dad falls in love with another single senior at the nursing home or assisted living facility?

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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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Every 4 years, Americans flock to the polls to select the next President of the United States. Many individuals with dementia share this enthusiasm for contributing to change, but are they mentally capable of participating?

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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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Where does "honoring your parents" begin and end? Don't let caregiving affect other relationships that are important to you. Here's how to establish boundaries with your loved ones.

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What to do if your siblings care more about getting an inheritance than giving your elderly mom or dad the quality care they need and deserve?

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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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