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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: 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: 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: 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

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Bursack: Shingles can have devastating effects

July 30, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Readers: According to the Mayo Clinic website, 20 to 30 percent of people over 60 get shingles, which can be serious and have long-lasting effects. However, I received a small avalanche of mail from across the country and even the UK after my July 10 column about how many younger people get shingles, some having lasting, disabling effects. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Alzheimer’s can make kind people violent

July 23, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: My husband has mid-stage Alzheimer’s. He’s always been a wonderful man, but the disease has changed him, and he’s become violent. Continue Reading

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Bursack: Readers support caregiver’s decision

July 16, 2011 in INFORUM

Dear Carol: How do I live with the guilt of putting my mother in a nursing home? How do I stop crying? Continue Reading