Walking through doorways--how forgetting works normally
March 20, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gabriel Radvansky is an author of “Walking through doorways - how forgetting works normally”, a title which he explains. He’s Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, IN. He describes the questions his research would answer and the answers he got. He explains his conclusions about the ways forgetting normally works. He says why the brain normally forgets things and explains why this forgetting is not only normal, but also useful. He says young and older adults forget in the same way and that older adults’ memory function may be as good as that of young adults. He explains how his research findings help family caregivers understand when forgetting is starting to be not so normal. He says why family caregivers concerned about forgetting problems in family members and in themselves would be helped by knowing more about the ways forgetting normally works. He urges family caregivers to keep themselves informed about the ways memory works normally.
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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.