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"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 the cafes provide socialization, understanding and more for people living with memory loss and their loved ones.
After recently losing his teenage son, a grieving dad faces his first Father's Day. It's a reminder that we need to be there for parents who have lost children — and be grateful for our own families as well, columnist Tammy Swift says.
"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.

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While attempting to write a newspaper bio on her mother, writer Tammy Swift discovers her mom is an endangered species — an anti-narcissist who is fine with working backstage, thank you.
"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.
"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.
Both Sanford Health and Essentia Health in Fargo report more inquiries from new mothers about breastfeeding.
"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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Growing up, the household of Tammy Swift's bestie seemed like nirvana. It was a spotless rambler — the height of 1970s’ cool, in her book — with a mom who dressed fashionably and kept their freezer stocked at all times with at least five different homemade cookies. But as time passed, she learned all moms contribute in their own way.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says a traumatic fall can cause alarming changes that family members may notice.
Farmer Angela Dawson is trying to help others overcome obstacles and make a living from the land.

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