For Family Caregivers Friendship, Forgiveness, and Finding Themselves

October 21, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Deb Mangolt is co-author of ‘Drink Wine and Giggle: 101 ways girlfriends can connect, have fun and be inspired’, www.drinkwineandgiggle.com. She discusses her own and her co-authors’ lives and experiences of family caregiving and how these are reflected in the book. She explains how she wants it to help readers. She explains friendship, true compassion, forgiveness and finding themselves, and the greatest of the challenges faced by family caregivers in achieving these goals. She discusses the help that family caregivers need and can provide for each other in overcoming the challenges in reaching their goals in health and happiness and at the same time providing true compassion for family members with serious, incurable illnesses and disabilities. She says what more she would like to do and see done to help family caregivers to sustain friendships, to obtain forgiveness, and to find themselves. She shares her message for family caregivers about their lives and their family caregiving.

Family Caregivers Unite!

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.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

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.

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