Compared to just 15 years ago, twice as many men are assuming caregiver roles for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Men now make up 40% of caregivers in the United States, contrasting the 19% reported 15 years ago, according to data from studies by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving.
The increase of males in caregiver roles can also be attributed to the following factors:
- Alzheimer’s and dementia are much more common in women over the age of 65 than in men of the same age;
- changes in the economy, layoffs, and early retirements;
- longer life expectancies and changing gender roles. (source: USA Today)
Men deal with being caregivers differently than women do. Research has found that women tend to deal with illnesses emotionally, whereas men tend to be more stoic. Caregiving can be both mentally and physically challenging for anyone assuming the role. The National Family Caregiver Support Program offers services for family members to help them better manage their caregiving responsibilities including counseling, training and respite care services. Groups like Men Who Care, a support group founded two years ago at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, have emerged to help men, in particular, cope with their new roles and share advice. Learn more about the programs and services that may be of assistance to you or your loved ones on the U.S. Administration on Aging website.
Caregiving can be rewarding, but it can also physically and emotionally demanding. The Fairfax Elder Law Firm of Evan H. Farr advises that if you are a caregiver, don’t let your own needs or health take a back seat. Many caregivers are at the age when they are developing their own chronic issues. Be sure to take good care of the person you are caring for and yourself too!
Do you have a loved one who is suffering from dementia? Persons with dementia and their families face special legal and financial needs. At The Elder Law Firm of Evan H. Farr, P.C., we are dedicated to easing the financial and emotional burden on those suffering from dementia and their loved ones. We help protect your loved one’s hard-earned assets while maintaining your loved one’s comfort, dignity, and quality of life by ensuring eligibility for critical government benefits. Call us today at 703-691-1888 to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation.