Elder Caregiving by Family Caregivers

February 17, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Jacqueline Marcell wrote 'Elder Rage', www.ElderRage.com, her best-selling book, out of her experience of caring for her parents with Alzheimer's disease which went undiagnosed for over a year. She talks about her professional career, her work, her book and her life as a family caregiver involved with family members with Alzheimer’s disease. She explains the challenges created by Alzheimer’s disease for elders diagnosed with it, in getting medical treatment for them, and in getting help for their family caregivers. She describes ways in which the challenges created for elders can be responded to, and the most successful ways for getting the best of healthcare from healthcare systems for elders and their family caregivers. To address the challenges, she says what more she would like to do help elders living with Alzheimer’s disease and to help their family caregivers, and what more she would like to see done healthcare and social services to help the family caregivers.

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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