Marriage with Quadriplegia
March 26, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
JR Harding and Erika Richards-Harding were married on August 12, 2006. JR, www.jrharding.com is two-time survivor of spinal cord injury, 1983 and 1998. He is quadriplegic, twice over. He completed his doctorate from Florida State University in Higher Education and Public Policy. She has a journalism and dance degree, and now teaches tennis. They talk about their personal stories, lives and successes. They each say what their marriage means to them. They speak about the greatest challenges that quadriplegia created for their marriage and for each of them. They explain the ways in which they together overcame the challenges that the quadriplegia created for their strength as a family, for their intimacy, and for their future as a family. They say what they intend to do and what they want to see done to provide more help for couples who live with the challenges created by quadriplegia. They share their messages for couples who live with the challenges created by quadriplegia.
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.