The internet program "Family Caregivers Unite!" on the VoiceAmerica talk radio network recently focused its attention on caregiving for people with ALS. Host Gordon Atherley, M.D., Ph.D., spoke with Leslie Ryan, MSPT, who is the Care Services Director for The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter serving Colorado and Wyoming. Also featured on the program is family caregiver Christine Hanks. Hanks left her job to help take care of her mother, Natalia.
Together, Ryan and Hanks provided keen insights to what it is like to take care of a loved one with ALS and the kind of valuable support and services that are available from The ALS Association’s nationwide network of chapters. They explained the ways in which the challenges can be overcome through the services provided by The ALS Association and other services to help persons with ALS and their family caregivers.
The cruel irony is that Hanks' mother passed away between the time the interview was recorded and its initial airing on September 30. Everyone at The Rocky Mountain Chapter and the entire ALS Association sends our deepest sympathy and respect to Hanks, her father Clyde and two sisters Katharine and Alana worked to diligently to ensure that Natalia was loved and well cared throughout the families journey with ALS.
The program can be heard by visiting http://ow.ly/preTP. Dr. Atherley is a former practicing physician who has focused his attention on sharing information with and about people caring for loved ones. "Family Caregivers Unite!" reaches approximately 500,000 listeners in 20 different countries.