It appears that caregiving is no longer just a woman’s job.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving, men are stepping up and taking responsibility for the care of the elderly and children. In fact, men now make up 40 percent of family-care providers – up from 19 percent in a 1996 study. And about 17 million men are specifically taking care of an older adult.  Unfortunatley, men still feel some conflict between caregiving and breadwinning.  In a survey of Furtune 500 companies it was found that men were less likely to use employee-assistance programs because they feared that their need would be held against them.  It’s important that we supoprt caregivers and reassure them that the services they are providing to family, friends and neighbors is valued and respected – no matter who is doing the caring.

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