Minding Our Elders®: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories provides a portable support group for caregivers of elders under many circumstances. Each chapter provides a short, self-contained story that allows a caregiver to choose which story she or he most relates to. Many readers use these stories as a type of meditation in that when they read it, they know that they are no longer alone with their feelings.
The book is available in paperback and ebook format. Ebooks are available for all readers, either through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
"Dear Carol, Your book has brought so much comfort to me...I am currently on Ch. 16, about to read Emily’s story. I wish I could meet all the wonderful people I have read about and just give them a big hug. SO many of us go through so much as caregivers, and so much of it goes unnoticed...
"I have a client in N. Fargo that only reads your column and the entire NY Times. She discards every single section of the paper but your column. She is a well known social worker in her 90s that spend time in Minneapolis, Chicago, and settled down in Drake, ND. She was diagnosed with dementia and its taken a lot from her. Even with her age, she is still VERY independent, she just cannot be home alone, so we send caregivers in to be with her 24/7 to make sure she is safe and does not wander away from her beautiful home. We had our corporate office visiting this week, so this client stopped by and I just happened to have your book here, so I shared it with her. I am not sure that she will even remember our visit, but she remembered your name!
"You are an inspiration to our elderly community. And you are also an inspiration to people like me, everyday people that take care of family members. Don’t stop doing what you are doing, your work is SO beautiful!"
" Hello, Just a quick note to say that I am reading your book and it has made me cry. It's nice to read about other caregivers...some of whom share similar feelings as my own. Thank you. "
“I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.”
...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer
The stories in this fine book showed us how others have gone through similar things with their families and that is somehow reassuring. There are some helpful suggestions but mostly there is the recognition that others went through the same thing. All we can do is our best. That is greatly reassuring during these difficult emotional times. If you are a caregiver, this is a must read.
An amazing book of stories that will touch your heart and encourage you, especially if you are a caregiver. Carol Bradley Bursack also has an excellent website devoted to the elderly and their caregivers.
Carol has written a compassionate and heart felt reflection into the needs of the soul in taking care of your parents or elderly loved ones at the end of life's journey. This book will remind you that you are not alone in this process and the journey is one that will reach into your heart and embrace your soul.
...Sam Oliver, Author Path Into Healing.