Eldercaring: Navigating the System

September 14, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Cindy Laverty is founder The Care Company, based in Southern California. Marilyn Spencer is family caregiver for her mother, who is enduring the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. They explain how they each became involved with Eldercaring. They analyze their personal experiences with Eldercaring. They discuss the key challenges for family caregivers involved in Eldercaring. Cindy outlines the key points in her book, and the questions that her radio show receives. Marilyn talks about the ways she has dealt with the challenges, and what she has learned from them. They both explain the signals that start family caregivers off on their journey navigating the care systems. They discuss important signals that family caregivers should be looking out and listening for. They explore some of the problems associated with the signals and talk about the types of sources of advice that are helpful to family caregivers. They say what they want to see done to improve Eldercaring in our societies.

Family Caregivers Unite!

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.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

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.

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