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Minding Our EldersŪ
Caregiver and Elder Support by Author, Columnist, Consultant, Speaker Carol Bradley Bursack

The Differences Between Palliative Care and Hospice Can be Confusing
by Carol Bradley Bursack
17 Oct 2017 at 2:01am

Many people have heard of hospice care but they mistakenly think that it?s just a way to help cancer patients be more comfortable at the end of their lives. Fewer people have heard of palliative care, and they may have no idea what it is. The truth is that hospice and palliative care are related but used for different reasons at different times, and everyone should be well-versed in what they offer. Here, we?ll clarify some points of confusion.

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Caring for Aging Parents Who Didn't Care for You
by Carol Bradley Bursack
16 Oct 2017 at 2:01am

 ...Now her parents are getting frail. Nancy had been through a lot of therapy so she could learn to cope with her childhood issues. She's come to terms with the fact that her father did what he thought he was supposed to do. She rightly felt, as a child, that he should recognize and stop the abuse her mother was doling out. Through therapy, she has learned to forgive her father for his lack of involvement and the fact that he didn't stop the abuse.

She's learned that he likely didn't know about a lot of it. She's also learned that he probably was in denial about what he did suspect because he really didn't know what to do. He was wrong, but she's managed to forgive him for what he didn't know, and for what he didn't do about what he did know. Part of this is that her father recognizes where he failed. As he ages ? and he's the one who is showing the need for care at this point ? she feels she is capable of caring for him, in some "hands-on" capacity.

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Trauma After a Fall Can Create a Dangerous Domino Effect for Elders
by Carol Bradley Bursack
15 Oct 2017 at 2:01am

Dear Carol: Four months ago, my mother fell and broke her hip. She was admitted to the hospital for surgery and then sent to a nursing home rehab. The care seems good but Mom has completely changed. Before the fall, she was mentally sharp for someone nearly 80. Her only issue was an occasional memory gap. Then, right after the emergency surgery, she began showing signs dementia. She?s only worsened in rehab. The facility doctor says that she has Alzheimer?s, but how could that happen so fast? I thought that Alzheimer?s took time to develop. How could she go from having almost no sign of Alzheimer?s to hardly knowing me in just four months?? DN

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Rebuilding Your Life After Caregiving Ends
by Carol Bradley Bursack
14 Oct 2017 at 2:01am

When my mother died in a local nursing home, my "career" of visiting this exceptional facility nearly every day for close to 15 years ended. Mom's death prompted a nurse to whom I'd become quite close, to say to me, "We'll still be seeing you up here. You won't be able to quit." She was wrong on that one. However, my case may be a little different from many others, as I'd spent nearly two decades caring for multiple elders. 

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