Over the span of two decades, author, columnist, and speaker Carol Bradley Bursack cared for a neighbor and six elderly family members. As a result of this experience, Bursack 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 as a way to humanize, for students, the family caregiving experience. Bursack’s award-winning Web sites, MindingOurElders.com and MindingOurEldersBlogs.com, include links to helpful agencies, articles rich with information and comfort, links to chat groups, and resources for caregiver, boomer, and senior needs.
Bursack’s eldercare newspaper column, “Minding Our Elders,” runs weekly, in print and online. She is editor in chief of ElderCarelink.com, an expert blogger and community leader on HealthCentral.com/Alzheimers, and the forum moderator and a regular contributor to AgingCare.com. Bursack has been interviewed on many national radio shows, including Mr. Eldercare, Today’s Author, The Ron Ross Show, and Kevin Skipper’s The Parent Care Show. She has been interviewed and quoted in magazines and newspapers around the world, including Family Circle, Quick and Simple, North Jersey Media Group, the Leader-Telegram, Tampa Tribune, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She also speaks on caregiving issues to groups of all sizes.
Bursack is a member of AARP, CAPS (Children of Aging Parents), the National Caregivers Advisory Panel (NCAP), the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), and the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP). As an expert in her field, she is featured in Montclair’s Who’s Who in Health and has written hundreds of articles for national publications. Bursack is also a contributing author to The Media Librarian’s Handbook (Facet Publishing, UK 2008) and to Dementia: Frank and Linda’s Story: New Approaches, New Understanding, New Hope (Lion-Monarch, March 2010).