Men Taking the Lead Role as Family Caregivers

As revealed by this New York Times story, men are stepping up and taking on caregiving responsibilities for aging parents and family members.

Sometimes leaving jobs, other times accompanying parents to medical appointments, men are now being seen taking on the role as caregiver.

How pervasive is this trend?  “The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving estimate that men make up nearly 40 percent of family care providers now, up from 19 percent in a 1996 study by the Alzheimer’s Association. About 17 million men are caring for an adult.”

This is a powerful change – caring men can make a huge difference in the the lives of their loved ones.  It’s a big job, and the men who do this work are courageous.

Read the entire New York Times story here.

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