Security for Family Caregivers and their Families
March 16, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Michael Power is a Toronto-based lawyer who advises public and private sector clients on privacy and information risk management issues. Tom Warren is a former police officer with the information security and data forensics company, Net-Patrol, which he founded. In ‘Security for Family Caregivers and their Families’ they discuss fraud, robbery, violence and other forms of harm resulting from criminal activity in which people’s private information is involved. They explain the ways the bad guys operate. They point out the main methods of protection and prevention that are of interest to family caregivers. They analyze the types of advice that family caregivers may need, and suggest where they should go for help and advice if they are worried. They debate the ways that technology can help family caregivers. They exchange opinions on what’s to be done by government to help family caregivers protect their families and the family members they are caring for.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.