Shifting Caregiving from Crisis to Comfort for Alzheimer’s Disease
August 23, 2011
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Lori La Bey specializes in the psychosocial aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. She explains her work and her experience as a family caregiver for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease. She tells us what people are looking for when they connect with her Blog ‘AlzheimersSpeaks.com’. She describes the challenges Alzheimer’s disease creates for family caregivers. She talks about the experiences of family caregivers she connects with who are coping with these challenges. She explains what she means by ‘crisis’ and ‘comfort’ when she speaks of ‘shifting caregiving from crisis to comfort’. She tells us what she says to family caregivers who fell selfish in seeking comfort for themselves. She says how well she thinks healthcare professionals understand the idea of shifting from crisis to comfort, and what this really means for family caregivers. She describes the movement of family caregivers and persons with Alzheimer’s disease that’s growing around the idea of shifting from crisis to comfort.
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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.