Host Says What He’s Learned from Family Caregivers

January 4, 2011
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Episode Description

Dr Gordon Atherley, host of Family Caregivers Unite!, explains what he’s learned from family caregivers in the first 50 Episodes of the show. “I want to talk about the things I’ve learned from listening to all the wonderful people who’ve been my Guests in the first 50 episodes of FCGU!”, he says. Some of the things he’s learned include challenges and successes for family caregivers, how family caregivers help other family caregivers, what family caregiving so often involves, particular types of help that’s available for family caregivers, and the influence of family caregivers on the healthcare system. Then, he says, I’ll ask myself how I intend to apply what I’ve learned so I and Family Caregivers Unite! can be more helpful to family caregivers and family caregiving. And also, he says, how his new website, Family Caregivers Unite,, will enable family caregivers to tell their stories, and give as well as receive help.

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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.

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