Defeating Depression and Living with Arthritis
December 17, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Jennifer Lee is Project Manager, Work With Us Project, www.workwithus.ca, Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Lynn Moore, also with the Project, is the Director, Programs and Services at The Arthritis Society of Canada. The Project is a workplace-based program that supports Canadians living with depression and or arthritis by giving them the tools to actively self-manage, lead healthier lives and fully engage in work. Jennifer and Lynn talk about their lives and their work with their Societies and with their Project. They explain the most challenging of the challenges created by depression and or arthritis for working people, for their employers and for their family caregivers. They discuss the ways and tools with which the Project will help overcome the challenges. They say what they would like the Project, when it comes to an end, to have achieved for working people affected by depression and or arthritis, for their employers, and for their 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.