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

Music Therapy Can Increase Quality of Life for Those in Hospice
by Carol Bradley Bursack
21 Feb 2018 at 2:01am

Hospice organizations are keenly aware of the soothing power of music. Sometimes the music may be used casually, by the facility or the family, knowing that this is a type of music that the person who is in the dying process had always enjoyed. Increasingly, though, employing trained music therapists has been favored. This type of therapy seems especially helpful with those who are dying from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Perhaps this is because, in the final stage of dementia, people have usually moved beyond the point where conversation is possible.

Read full article on HealthCentral about how music therapy can increase the quality of life during hospice care:

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Facing the Facts: Handling Sudden Awareness That Parents Are Aging
by Carol Bradley Bursack
20 Feb 2018 at 2:01am

For most of us, our parents are just there ? seemingly invincible as we grow up. Once we leave home, we?re on a mission to move into our own adulthood with our parents moving to the background, but still a solid, if often unacknowledged, presence. As we move on with our lives, creating careers, marriages, and possibly children, most parents continue to be involved in some capacity. Many families are close, while others can be both physically and emotionally more distant. Still, there is a parent-child relationship that younger people rarely think deeply about. It just is.

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Technology Can Boost Care for Seniors and Offer Caregivers Peace of Mind
by Carol Bradley Bursack
19 Feb 2018 at 2:01am

Many adult children would love to have their parents take advantage of new technology that can track their health, or allow a caregiver to monitor them during the day whether they are aging in place or in a care facility. The idea may not appeal to the older adult, however, for two reasons. One is the learning curve, and the other is the potential intrusion into their daily lives. Therefore, many say: ?Thanks but no thanks.?

Read full article on HealthCentral about helping our elders learn to accept, and even enjoy, the benefits of health technology:

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