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Bursack: Check all options for Rx

October 8, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: How do I determine whether or not my parents are receiving the best prescription benefits? Continue Reading

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Bursack: Caregivers often get caught up in guilt trap

October 1, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My mother has Alzheimer’s and is in an excellent assisted living facility memory unit. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Open enrollment for Medicare earlier this year

September 24, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Readers: Around Sept. 30, those of you on Medicare will receive information about a change in the Medicare annual open enrollment dates. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Paranoia, finances creating extra stress

September 17, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My husband, 66, has Parkinson’s and moderate Alzheimer’s. For the past few years, he has accused me of stealing things that he later finds. And he’s accused me of damaging some of his personal items.
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Bursack: New woes compound Alzheimer’s problems

September 10, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My mom was recently diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). She also has mid-to late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Readers curious on column’s process

September 3, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Readers: Since many of you ask about my selection process with readers questions, I thought I’d write about how my column works. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Too much medication worsens symptoms

August 27, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My mom has late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Her doctor took her off the medications for slowing AD in June, then prescribed Ativan for anxiety. At first, we saw some improvement in her behavior, but it didn’t last long, so he added the antipsychotic medication Haldol. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Family could forgive past

August 20, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: Many years ago, my grandmother, because of uncontrolled diabetes, had mental issues and tried to commit suicide. Two of her children thought she just wanted attention. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Mother who is alcoholic must make own choice

August 13, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My mom is 64 years old and had a stroke three years ago. She lives alone, and I feel she cannot take care of herself. She has been an alcoholic for many years and it is putting her health at high risk, as well as her safety. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Questions come up after loss of loved one

August 6, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My mother died at age 95 after years of declining health and moderate dementia. I have mixed feelings about the final decisions I made. Continue Reading