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January 11th 2011:Physician Home Visits for Seniors and the Family Caregiver

Dr John Sloan specializes in home visiting with the elderly. Noralyn Smiley is a senior who is family caregiver for her mother, a patient of Dr John’s. He calls his patients Sunshiners. They discuss collaborative caregiving and the importance of the family caregiver as a member of the collaborative team. They explain the circumstances that brought Dr John into Noralyn’s Sunshiner caregiving, and generally what family caregivers need from a family physician. They talk about the ways in which the family physician, the collaborative team and the family caregiver work together in meeting the numer

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John Sloan, M.D.

Dr John Sloan designed his innovative family-doctor practice to keep his frail elderly patients out of the hospital. He visits them at home, and collaborates with home care nurses, mental health teams, and others in the community. The practice he founded has now been adopted by the Vancouver Hospital geriatric unit and is expanding. As well as his medical qualifications he holds a degree in English and Philosophy, and a graduate degree in Biology. He works as a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of “A Bitter Pill: H
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Noralyn Smiley

Noralyn Smiley is a senior who is family caregiver for her mother. Noralyn was born in Santa Ana California. She lived for two years in Maryland, Inglewood for nine years, Long Beach for one year, and moved to Vancouver in 1973. In 1958 she graduated, with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. Her subject was Sociology. In 1993, she earned the Masters in Education from the University of British Columbia, her subject was special education. She’s taught pre-school, elementary school, and completed 25 years working with children who have learning disabilities. Her experience includes studying at the Cuernavaca Language School in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and working with the church
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