Family Caregivers Helping Family Caregivers via Social Media
July 20, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Kathy Kastner and Nancy Coldham are experts prominent in media and strongly interested in social media. They share their knowledge and experience with family caregivers who’ve travelled the hard road of family caregiving and then turn around to offer a helping hand to family caregivers just starting their journey down the family caregiving road. They give us their impressions of family caregivers and family caregiving. They explain how social media works, and how family caregivers can use it to tell their stories. They offer advice to family caregivers who want to help other family caregivers, via social media. They explain the challenges for family caregivers who want to use social media and suggest the ways to overcome these. They tell us what success is in the use of social media, and how family caregivers can recognize success and benefit from it. They recommend things they want done by governments and healthcare systems to support family caregivers helping family caregivers.
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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.