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"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says distance makes keeping track of your parents' health harder, but barring dementia, they get to choose where they live.
After a lifetime of emitting a Stihl MS 881-worthy respiratory buzz that could cleave through a sequoia like butter, columnist Tammy Swift learns that her apnea could be much easier to detect these days — thanks to a compact, at-home sleep test.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack hears from a reader wondering how to respond when their spouse with dementia sees or talks with his long-deceased parents.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says there are ways to help a loved one suffering from aphasia, a disorder resulting from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language.

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"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack suggest enlisting the help of a friend or relative, adding that a third party can help remove the dynamic that causes the family conflict.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack recommends some useful products and offerings that could help caregivers and their loved ones.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist says it's important to remember that we can't "fix" aging for our parents, but we can listen with empathy and validate their feelings.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack advises a reader who wants support and to talk to others in this position, but doesn't want to get "mired in the negative."
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says it's become far more common in recent years for people who are aging to be without a competent partner or adult child.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says even with dementia, people need to be allowed as much autonomy as they can possibly have without undue risk.

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"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says the loss of a spouse or partner is sometimes enough to exacerbate the survivor's own health issues so a disease that may have become manageable for a time becomes the official cause of death.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says there are times when a decision has to be made on behalf of a family member.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says there are several reasons longtime friends and relatives might not visiting, but it doesn't have to be that way.

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