Within the world of elder care, there are a few bright lights that serve as beacons of information and support.
One of those is Minding Our Elders, a blog run by Carol Bradley Bursack.
Always a Personal Experience
Like most of us, Carol started with a personal experience that both changed her life and inspired her to share her experience with others. She shares her story:
It started with Joe. My elderly neighbor had lost his wife and his only child lived in New Jersey. He was totally deaf. How could I not help? My children were then young, and we adopted Joe. How could I have known he would become my charge for over five years? After Joe’s death, my own elders started falling like dominos into my care. First, my childless aunt and uncle moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where my family lived and still lives, to be closer to all of us. Then the strokes began with Uncle Wilkes. Then it was my in-laws and my parents. At one time, I was running between care-settings seven hours a day, seven days a week, helping elders, while caring for my own sons, one of whom has chronic health problems.
Sharing With Others
Carol went on to become a newspaper columnist, published author and well-known expert in the field. Her book Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories is an inspirational guide for caregivers. According to Carol:
Grieving begins when adult children start to see their parents’ decline. They need support through the whole process. “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories” keeps that support at the caregiver’s fingertips. Three in the morning and you can’t call a friend? No problem. The storytellers in the book understand. Read one story. Read two. Feel the comfort and support of others who have gotten through this. Tomorrow is another day.
As a subscriber to her blog, I personally look forward to each of her posts. They uncover new information and provide expert advice for the issues I face on a daily basis.
For those of you in a caregiving situation, I recommend you take a look at Minding Our Elders.