Veterans Memories Caring for Veterans
April 2, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr. Tiffany Chow is Senior Clinician-Scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute. Jill Paterson is a Project Manager for the Historica-Dominion Institute. They explain their work with, respectively, The Memory Clinic,www.ow.ly/jsE2y, and The Memory Project. Dr. Chow explains what’s known about the ways elderly persons with Alzheimer’s disease respond to reminders of important memories and how the Memory Clinic works with them. Jill Paterson explains how memories of veterans are carefully preserved in The Memory Project. Dr. Chow says where her research is leading for care for Alzheimer’s disease. Jill Paterson identifies research questions regarding help for veterans’ family caregivers. They say what they intend to do and what more they would like to see done to enable family caregivers to help their elderly family members manage their memories in a positive way. They share their messages for family caregivers with family members who are elderly veterans.
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.