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Bursack: Elder care assistance at your fingertips

January 29, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Readers: Recently, I renewed my acquaintance with one of the most helpful websites around. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Helping caregivers after long absences

January 1, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My sister has been the primary caregiver for our dad for nearly five years. I’ve lived out of state, and I haven’t been emotionally or physically available. I’m now retired and moving back to our hometown. I know I’ve been selfish about this and want to make up for my lack of help. How do I approach my sister about helping out? Missing Sister Continue Reading

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Bursack: Mom may be clinically depressed

December 25, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My mom is 86 and widowed. While I live over 800 miles away, I talk to her several times a week. Since my Dad’s death five years ago, Mom’s slowly sunk into isolation, loneliness and self-medication with alcohol. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Caregivers see holiday challenges

December 18, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear Readers: As caregivers, we want to provide a memorable Christmas for our loved ones. To do that, we often feel we must keep all of our family traditions. The problem is that as our elders age, many of us find that holiday traditions become painfully challenging, if not impossible. I know. I’ve been there. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Memory unit may be helpful

December 4, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My father has Alzheimer’s disease, and I really don’t know what more I can do for him. He’s paranoid and hard for me to handle. One minute he loves me, but the next minute he hates me. Half the time, he doesn’t even know who I am. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Father doesn’t want help

November 6, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My dad is in mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and refuses any help offered. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Alphabet soup adds to Medicare confusion

September 18, 2010 in INFORUM

Dear Readers: Part one of this two-part series addressed my personal experience of signing up for Medicare Parts A and B as one of the “working aged.” Continue Reading

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Bursack: Medicare sign-up turns into adventure

September 11, 2010 in INFORUM

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on Medicare.
Dear Readers: Questions about signing up for Medicare coverage for oneself or a parent come to me regularly. Continue Reading