Although Carol Bradley Bursack’s offering was published more than a decade ago, any dementia Caregiver who has yet to read Minding our Elders will appreciate its applicability to their current struggles. The book is akin to a bible for Caregiving.
Bursack is a Caregiver’s Caregiver, in the sense that her stories include, not only candid revelations about her numerous experiences caring for her own loved ones but, the stories of some 20 other Caregivers she met along her decades long journey. She reached out to these peers, lovingly interviewing them, and tells their stories with the same great respect and vivid detail that she tells her own.
The reader will appreciate the effort Bursack puts into describing scenes in a way that take us into the space with her. One can almost feel the chill of the deep snow through which she walks to meet one Caregiver, near her home in Fargo, North Dakota. Or smell the coffee at the café and feel the warmth of the fireplace by which they sit.
While Minding Our Elders is an easy read that flows smoothly from story to story, the work is used as a textbook in colleges across the country for gerontology and nursing home administration classes. The all-so-intimate stories must be a great assistance to students in seeing and feeling the real conflicts faced by dementia Caregivers, as well as their Care recipients.
Bursack is rightly regarded as an expert in her field and, in addition to Minding Our Elders, has published more than two thousand articles nationally, contributed to numerous other books and has two award-winning blogs.
Minding Our Elders is must have for Caregivers. It provides comfort and certainly the ever-important reminder that we are not alone in our struggle. The book is available at a number of retailers as well as on her blog: