The Chicago Tribune recently had an interesting article on the increase of male caregivers, mostly because of the increase in alzheimer’s dementia among elderly women.
"In the last 15 years, the number of men caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia has more than doubled, from 19 to 40 percent, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The trend corresponds to the higher number of women over the age of 65 in the U.S. with the disease — 3.4 million, compared with 1.8 million men. Those demographics have changed the tone of local support group meetings by adding a chorus of male perspectives. It has also prompted an outpouring of new books, organizations and online resources for men learning how to be nurturers."
"Certainly there were male caregivers in earlier generations, but the number documented today is probably higher for several reasons, said Harrison, of the National Caregiver Center. The size of the average family has become smaller, so leaving the caregiving to women is not always an option. There is also a greater geographic divide among family members today, sometimes putting children in other states far from aging parents. And perhaps most notably, men are less hesitant to be known as something other than the breadwinner, Harrison said."