Do you know a millennial grandson who helps his grandmother by cutting the grass in her yard and driving her to the store a couple hours a week? Or a 47.8-year-old man caring for his 68.8-year-old mother or aunt with bathing or dressing, running errands, managing finances, managing or mediations? If the answer is “yes”, you know a male caregiver.
“Men, a group often stereotyped as failing to take on caregiving responsibilities, currently represent 40 percent of family caregivers and provide an average of 23 hours a week supporting a loved one.” (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 2015)
Why the increase? The National Center on Caregiving has concluded that the reasons include changes in gender roles and family structures, longer lifespans, and geographic separation. With more women in the workforce, men may have to step forward and providing caregiving. Families may be geographically dispersed, reducing the number of family members who may be available to provide care. Finally, roles, responsibilities and expectations of men and women have changed over time.
Caregiving is universal, touching all of our lives, men and women, young and old.
One place to learn about caregiving is the Genki Conference: Caregiver’s Edition, to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. Presented by Keiro, Pasadena Buddhist Temple, First Presbyterian Church of Altadena, Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute, and Pasadena Nikkei Seniors, this FREE conference features speakers, tools and practice resources for current and future caregivers. For more information and to register, please use this link.
Keiro is expanding our reach from a focus on long term health care facilities to broadly engaging and supporting thousands of Japanese American and Japanese older adults throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. Keiro provides services to older adults and caregivers, along with programs for residents of Keiro’s former facilities—helping older adults in Our Community to age the way they choose.