Keeping memories, restoring memories
June 5, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Arthur Kupperman has been an entrepreneur for more than 30 years, after deciding to leave the field of public accounting. His website, My Senior Portal, and his family experience led his interest in keeping and restoring his own family’s memories. He explains what memories mean for him and his family. He says why keeping memories matters in families, and describes how family memories become part of the family’s heritage. He explains the value of keeping family memories for seniors whose memories may be starting to fail. He explores the universal appeal of storing memories and warns about the one thing he sees as the downside. He discusses technology used to store memories, and highlights the things that seem most practical for families. He encourages families to prize and store their family memories, stresses the need for organization within the family, identifies the cost, and explains what his service, My Senior Portal, can do to help families wanting to cherish their memories.
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.