Care and Treatment for Advanced Alzheimer Disease
June 9, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr. Michael Gordon, http://www.drmichaelgordon.com/, is a medical professor, ethicist and one of Canada’s best-known geriatricians. He highlights his clinical work in advanced Alzheimer’s disease. He explains the medical and social challenges arising from high-risk behaviors and the problems persons with the advanced disease may have in making decisions. He discusses medications for treatment and control of high-risk behaviors, their effectiveness and their alternatives, and says what family caregivers should know. He explains the signs that a person’s problems with decision-making are growing, the medical advice he generally gives, the policies for care when the problems become serious, and the questions that family caregivers should ask. He says what he would like to do and see done to address the problems created by high-risk behaviors and by serious problems with decision-making on the part of persons with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, and shares his 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.