Over the span of two decades, author, columnist, consultant, and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack cared for a neighbor and six elderly family members. As a result of this experience, Carol wrote Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories, a portable support group for caregivers.
Minding Our Elders is used as a college text for gerontology and nursing home administration classes. Carol’s websites, www.mindingourelders.com and www.mindingoureldersblogs.com include links to helpful agencies, articles rich with information and comfort, links to chat groups, and resources for caregiver, boomer, and elder needs. She works as a consultant on aging and caregiving issues.
Carol’s newspaper column, Minding Our Elders, runs weekly, in print and online, and she’s an expert blogger and community leader on Healthcentral.com/Alzheimers. She has also contributed to scores of other websites over the last decade, the most frequent being Agingcare.com.
Carol has been interviewed on many national radio shows, including NPR's Talk of the Nation, Dr. Anne Hallward’s Courageous Conversations, and Senior Solutions, produced by Detroit Area Agency on Aging. She has been interviewed and quoted in magazines and newspapers and by major websites including Family Circle, North Jersey Media Group, The Leader-Telegram, Tampa Tribune, the Sydney Morning Herald, Next Avenue, Huffington Post Live, Salon.com, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Progress, Chicago-based Make It Better magazine, and many other outlets.
A member of the National Caregivers Advisory Panel, the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) and the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP), Carol is also on the National Advisory Board of Sage for Aging and a co-moderator on the Facebook sites USagainstAlzheimer’s and Caregivers Committed to Wellness.
Besides authoring Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories, Carol is a contributing author to The Media Librarian's Handbook, (Facet Publishing, UK 2008), a contributing author to Dementia: Frank and Linda's story: New approaches, new understanding, new hope (Lion-Monarch, March 2010), and content editor for Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s: New Hope for Caregivers, by Marie Marley, PhD, and Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN (US 2015). She also wrote a foreword for the second edition of Wishes To Die For: Advance Care Directives that Grant Caregivers Lasting Peace, by Kevin J. Haselhorst, MD, (US 2015).
Carol is currently working on a book that will include her signature support for caregivers and elders as well as delve into the many changes that have occurred in caregiving over the last two decades. She plans to include chapters on living well until we die, death with dignity, and more that will be revealed as the book evolves.