Partnership in Family Caregiving for Stroke

March 5, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Jordan Bruce,www.ow.ly/i2dpx survived three heart attacks, a small stroke, and a massive stroke that paralyzed his left side and caused epilepsy. He’s back at work. Marie Cortes, his fiancée, has been by his side throughout. They talk about their lives before the attacks and strokes. They describe the first moments of the first event. They explain how their lives evolved afterwards and the challenges that followed for each of them. They discuss the ways in which they both confronted the challenges. They look back over their lives together and explain how the ways in which they both confronted the challenges contributed to healing. They reveal the stage their partnership has reached and how confronting the challenges helped them reach it. They say what more needs to be done to help partnerships confronted by serious, life-threatening events, such as strokes. They share their messages to family-caregiver partnerships confronted by serious, life-threatening events.

Family Caregivers Unite!

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.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

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.

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