An exploratory study of male caregivers of functionally impaired older adult
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the circumstances, stressors, and benefits of adult males in the role of primary caregiver to a functionally impaired older adult. Data collection was done through face-to-face interviews. This study examined the current conditions of male primary caregivers, including ethnic identification, self-care, and possible changes in personal relationships. There were sixteen participants recruited from the Alzheimer's Association Orange County Chapter and Orange Caregiver Resource Center.
The results of this study show common patterns and themes among those male primary caregivers that self-identify as being comfortable in their caregiving role. Variables that appear to be linked to the well-being of these men are long-term relationships, a sense of responsibility, and spirituality. Implications for social work practice are discussed.