FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
As a wise person once stated, there are Lies,
Damn Lies, and Statistics. For example, when we
started hosting conferences in 1998, three years
after Today’s Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com
were both launched, the statistics would have
suggested that only around 20% of our 350 attendees
would be male caregivers. Yet, as we walked
around the conference hall, by our rough estimates,
at least 40% of the caregivers in attendance were
male. And a few years later, freshly minted
statistics stated that, lo and behold, the
percentage of male caregivers was around 45%.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many of our events
where I feel like the lone male in the room, but not
always. And not to stereotype, there are
specific challenges that male caregivers can face,
changing your mothers undergarments
As Father's Day rapidly approaches, I would
like to take a moment to honor the male caregivers
in this world. Some examples of
dedicated male caregivers that come to mind are my
friend Steve, who moved to India with his ailing
parents, to ensure that they were both able to have
affordable healthcare for as long as they lived.
Another one, of course, is Carlos Gibbons, Leeza’s
dad, who was a steadfast and unwavering partner in
care to his wife, Jean. I wouldn’t want to
forget my own grandfather who, until his very last
days and even as Alzheimer’s disease was stealing
him away from us, was only interested in the health
of my grandmother as she was dealing with the
effects of strokes, diabetes and depression.
share your story of male caregiving,
either as one or someone who loves one….
Happy Father’s Day!