Family Caregivers Sharing the Burden
September 3, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Scott and Julia Duncan founded the Fellowship, www.sharingtheburden.ca , which operates a 12-step program for all members of troubled families. They talk about their own lives as family caregivers for a family member troubled by addiction who died from accidental overdose of a powerful medication. They explain their work with their Fellowship. They discuss the type of people they work with and the health and family challenges these people face. They describe the ways their Fellowship helps individuals, families and family caregivers who are exhausted, physically, psychologically and spiritually. They explain the help they provide to individuals, families and family caregivers who have lost hope. They say what more they would like to do through their Fellowship to improve ways for overcoming the challenges, and what they would like to see done in society generally. They share their messages for individuals, families and 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.