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When asked to describe a typical family caregiver most people use these three words- “middle aged woman”. Did you know that 40% of caregivers caring for family members are actually men? That’s right, and they represent over 16 million men in the United States. Whether by choice or by necessary, these men have stepped up to provide their loved ones with the care they need to live at home for as long as possible. From home maintenance, managing finances, shopping, and driving to personal care such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, and giving medications, male caregivers are juggling it all.
Here are 10 facts about male caregivers reported in a recent AARP spotlight article “Breaking Stereotypes: Spotlight on Male Family Caregivers.”
- The average age of a male caregiver is 47.8 years old
- 44% of male caregivers have an income less than $50,000 per year
- More than half of all male caregivers are married
- 54% of men feel uncomfortable providing personal care such as bathing, dressing, and toileting
- The average amount of time a son spends taking care of a senior parent is 4 years
- 72% of men who perform medical tasks (giving injections, administering medications, caring for wounds, using medical equipment) have not been trained to do so
- Over one third of male caregivers have not revealed their caregiving duties to their employer
- 62% report that caregiving has a significant impact on their job
- Two-third of men claim that caregiving is stressful- financially, physically, and emotionally
- Male caregivers are less likely than females to ask for help or join support groups, and as a result tend to build up stress internally
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