Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories
Fargo, ND (PRWEB) April 3, 2006 –-
Columnist and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack, author of the non-fiction portable support group “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories,” is speaking to gerontology professionals and students of the profession to teach them how to better help caregivers. She will be speaking in West Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Crookston, Barnesville, Pelican Rapids and Park Rapids, Minnesota in the next few weeks.
Nearly 30% of caregivers die before those they are caring for. Sometimes, it’s an aging spouse with health problems. Often it’s because of the stress related diseases or depression that caregivers are prone to, or because caregivers are so overwhelmed by their responsibilities that they don’t take time to listen to their bodies and take care of their own needs.
Bursack’s experience as a family member who was, at times, brushed aside rather than treated with respect and as a source of information, is the focus of many of her talks. She writes of her caregiving experiences in “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories” and she speaks for the others who tell their stories in her book. "Minding Our Elders" contains six stories of Bursack's experiences and interviews with 20 other caregivers. The stories are self-contained, intimate, powerful and brief - for maximum impact and support. Bursack relies on her own experiences, as well as the advice of experts, in her talks, newspaper column and caregiving articles.
Most professionals truly want to do the best for everyone, but they are stressed themselves, and often find the elder’s family bothersome. It’s easier to go by the textbook. Bursack says this attitude needs to be turned around. The elder can be better served, and the professional can do his or her job more completely, if the family is treated as an integral part of the process.
Bursack shares her experiences as a caregiver, and the feedback from her newspaper column and book, through talks with professionals as well as other caregivers. She speaks to gerontology professionals at medical centers and college social work and gerontology classes, as well as to caregiver support groups and the organizations that help them. Bursack works to increase the awareness and visibility of today’s 44 million caregivers. She also tries to help people self-identify as caregivers, and to recognize their need for respite volunteers or workers in order to lead a healthy life and be better caregivers in the process.
Bursack’s radio interviews include The Bev Smith Show, Radio Health Journal, The Tom Pope Show, The Tommy B. Show and Coping with Caregiving. Her Web site, http://www.mindingourelders.com, contains links, agencies, books, a national chat and other valuable information for caregivers and professionals. She’s been quoted in countless newspapers and publications in print and online, including the Leader-Telegram (Wisconsin), Tampa Tribune (Florida), Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Alzheimer’s Association News, Stress Control News, The Hawk Eye (Iowa), The Tennessean (Tennessee) and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia).
McCleery and Sons Publishing: ISBN 1-931916-41-1; 136 pages; $14.95
"Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories"
A portable support group for caregivers
Carol Bradley Bursack
Minding Our Elders; columnist, author, speaker
A jpeg of the author is available
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