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 Dear Ole' Dad

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 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, for example, 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.
Please share your story of male caregiving, either as one or someone who loves one…     
Happy Father’s Day!


Gary Barg

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