Blogs, Podcasts and Media


Recreation Therapy and Family Caregivers
Amy MacFarlane explains recreation therapy and talks about the challenges that it helps with. She describes the special needs and health conditions for which she recommends recreation therapy. She explains why and how recreation therapy helps persons and their family caregivers meet the challenges that these conditions create. She describes some real-life examples.

Help through caregiver-support programs for Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Linda Teri is a Member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Association. She’s Professor of Psychosocial & Community Health at the University of Washington. She speaks with Amy about Alzheimer’s disease. They discuss real-life examples of caregiver-support programs that helped family caregivers meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. They discuss the ways in which the programs support aging at home and say how well community-based professionals, such as nurses and physicians, and the wider public understand the family caregiving challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and the role of caregiver-support programs.

Services for Supporting Seniors’ Family Caregivers Directly
Raymond Applebaum, CEO of Peel Senior Link and Amy, tell us how they came to be interested in services for seniors and their family caregivers. They describe the services their organizations offer. They explain what’s meant by supporting family caregivers directly and the types of direct supports, including direct pay, most likely to be useful to family caregivers. They discuss the challenges in providing direct support to family caregivers, including the meeting costs.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches Program for Professional Caregivers–Family Caregiver Perspectives
Dr. Lori Schindel Martin is Associate Professor, Associate Director, School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and Chair, Gentle Persuasive Approaches Advisory Committee speaks to Amy explain gentleness in caring, and what has been learned from its application in the training of healthcare professionals and family caregivers.

In The Media (and more podcasts!)

Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities During the Pandemic

CBC Radio, Ottawa In Town and Out


Serving Consciously

Building the Future: Entrepreneur Amy MacFarlane shares her story

ISBA: International Short Break Association, Keynote, Scotland

Spirit of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Ontario, Canada
International Women’s Day: http://saugeenshoreshub.ca/news/2691-spirit-of-entrepreneurship-focus-of-iwd-event.html

Canadian Respite Organization Shares Positive Technology Experience, Perth, Australia


Gentle Persuasive Approaches for Professional Caregivers, Family Caregivers Unite!

Services for Supporting Seniors’ Family Caregivers Directly with Peel Senior Link

Caregiver Support Programs for Alzheimer’s Disease


Recreation Therapy and Family Caregivers

Crowdfunding for Caregiver ‘Entrepreneurs’

About Recreational Respite on Rogers TV