Dealing with Diabetes, Diet and Daily Living, How Family Caregivers Help
November 19, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
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Dr. Ian Blumer is a diabetes specialist, www.ourdiabetes.com. Kim Banting is a Registered Nutritional Consultant, http://is.gd/nAw32K. They describe their personal backgrounds, experience of family caregiving, and work in diabetes. They discuss diabetes trends, how unhealthy diet and lifestyle harmfully interact with diabetes. They explain what family caregivers should know when a family member has diabetes or is at risk of it. He says why a healthy lifestyle should include the ways in which persons with diabetes and their family caregivers interact with physicians and the healthcare system. She identifies the key things that family caregivers should know about good nutrition for children and vulnerable adults with diabetes. They both say what more they want to see done to advance attention to diet and lifestyle for children, adults and vulnerable seniors with diabetes or at risk of developing it. They share their messages to family caregivers with a family member with diabetes.
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.