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Statistics show, and I notice myself when I speak to caregiver groups, more and more men are becoming caregivers for loved ones.
We know that men and women are wired differently, and that wiring means men cope with caregiving responsibilities differently. They generally approach situations from a problem-solution standpoint. Men seem to be better able to delegate duties. Many times, men have a harder time talking about and managing the emotions that come with being a caregiver.
Men and women caregivers are very much the same though when it comes to one issue: we all have trouble taking care of ourselves while we’re caring for others.
Men and caregiving was the focus of my segment on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live this week.