In this multidisciplinary portrait of men and their concerns in later life, the contributors use both a life course and gendered perspective to point out that the image and self-image of men are continually reconstructed throughout the life cycle. Issues examined include: the position of older men in society and the changes wrought in their status and roles over time; men's relationships to spouse, children, grandchildren and friends; and policy implications.

Older Men and the Family Caregiving Orientation

Older Men and the Family Caregiving Orientation

Older men and the family caregiving orientation
Lenard W.Kaye
Jeffrey S.Applegate

Men are a distinct minority among the elderly. Older men who are involved to a significant degree in caring for an older incapacitated family member constitute yet another, even smaller minority among the elderly population. Perhaps for both these reasons, our understanding of the experience of older husbands, sons, and other men in the family constellation who are caring for a dependent relative is woefully inadequate. Our knowledge of older male caregiving is also sparse because conventional wisdom and stereotypical thinking have led us to assume that older men lack the inclination and capacity to meet the physical and emotional needs of another person.

If, as Rubinstein (1986) argues, the aged ...

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