Soul Stories for Creating a New Perspective for Family Caregivers
May 7, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Alicia Howes, www.yoursoulstory.com">Your Soul Story, has explored thousands of Soul Stories. She shares her own story, says why she founded the business, and explains its work. She describes soul stories and explains how these help tell the person’s future and past. She discusses hurdles to happiness and describes the tools she’s developed to overcome these. She explains hurdles to happiness for family caregivers caring for family members with serious health challenges, and how soul stories and the tools can help them overcome their hurdles. She says how family caregivers can know how much happiness they deserve, and how soul stories and the tools can help them achieve their happiness. She explains how soul stories and the tools can help family caregivers achieve harmony in their relationships with family members they’re caring for. She says what more things she wants to do with soul stories and tools to help family caregivers, and shares her message for family caregivers.
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.