The Chicago Tribune has a story today (Valentine’s Day, 2012) about men who are caring for family members. In The Increasing Male Face of Caregiving Doug Wyman, who is semi-retired from a career in sales and marketing, explains how he assists his wife, who has Alzheimer’s disease. The couple has been married for 63 years.
Written by Chicago Tribune reporter Vikki Ortiz Healy the article describes the changing face of caregiving, and some of the reasons why more men are assuming the role more now than they used to in the past
A short, and compelling video, featuring the Wymans, leads off the article, but a brief advertisement runs before the real content begins.
Most Interesting Quote
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
Other Resources to Read About Men and Caregiving
- Men as Caregivers – AgingCare.com
- Men are Caregivers, Too – MedicineNet
- Caregiving: It’s Different for Men – AARP
- Life With Father – A great blog by a son who provides care for his dad.