Legacies and Family Caregiving
March 19, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Judith Snow, MA, has been labeled disabled. She’s Founding Director of Laser Eagles Art Guild, www.lasereagles.com, which makes creative activity available to artists with diverse ability. She describes her own story, her career, the successes she’s achieved, and her role as family caregiver. She explains legacies, at what stages of life are they relevant, and how are they affected by expectations. She describes her father’s legacy and how he worked to achieve it. She discusses expectations when people go into long-term care or decide to live out their lives at home. She explains how legacies can be passed on in ways that create positive expectations. She says what she means by “What you believe is what you get”. She says what more she wants to do and see done to help persons and their family caregivers create legacies when they are confronted by challenges created by disabilities, and she shares her message to families and family caregivers about legacies and expectations.
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.