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December 15, 2008

Elder Care: More Men Take Lead Role in Caring for Elderly Parents (USA)

More Men Take the Lead Role in Caring for Elderly Parents
By JOHN LELAND
Published: November 28,

When Peter Nicholson’s mother suffered a series of strokes last winter, he did something women have done for generations: he quit his job and moved into her West Hollywood home to care for her full time.

Since then, he has lost 45 pounds and developed anemia, in part because of the stress, and he is running out of money. But the hardest adjustment, Mr. Nicholson said, has been the emotional toll.

Mr. Nicholson, 53, is part of a growing number of men who are providing primary care for their aging parents, usually their mothers.
........ an assistant research professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California and director of the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Network. Men are less likely to have friends going through similar experiences, and depend more on their jobs for daily human contact.

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I have often posted about giving recognition and support for hardworking, dedicated carers. The above article highlights the difficulties, stress and emotional toll on family carers. Women have traditionally seen as the "given" carer for their elderly parents. This article is a wake-up call for many men who may have to confront this issue in the near future.


Abridged
SOURCE: New York Times
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