The International Association for Family Caregiving for Serious Mental Illnesses
January 27, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Ethelle Lord is the Founding President of the International Caregivers Association, www.icareassoc.com. She holds a Master’s of Education in Counseling and a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership. She talks about her life, career, and her experience of family caregiving for her husband. She explains the work of the Association. She discusses the challenges to family caregivers and their family members living with brain dysfunctions due to dementia, and says which of these are least well understood by health care professionals and systems. She explains how the Association is addressing the challenges. She says what more she would like to do through the Association and see done by others to promote more and better support for family caregivers and their family members living with brain dysfunctions due to dementia. She shares her message for family caregivers who have just recognized that their loved one is likely living with brain dysfunctions due to dementia
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.