Stealing from Mom and Dad
September 13, 2011
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Léony deGraaf chairs the Burlington Seniors & Law-Enforcement Together Council which educates seniors on crime-prevention. Mark Wandersee is a family caregiver, trained educator, public speaker, and healing coach closely involved with caregiver issues and advocacy. They say what ‘ Stealing from Mom and Dad ’ really means and explain the stress it causes for and within families. They explain the seriousness of the problem in North America. They identify signals that alert financial professionals to the possibility that stealing from mom and dad may be occurring within or outside the family. They discuss the ways financial services and financial professionals attempt to combat the problem. They identify the greatest challenges in protecting seniors. They talk about the limitations of the financial, legal and medical systems in combating the problem and how well understood the problem is. They share the messages that they would like to pass to these systems and to family caregivers.
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.