Male care giving in dementia: A review and commentary
McDonnell and Ryan review the literature on men caring for a relative with dementia (2013) and explore the experience of sons caring for a parent with dementia (2014). In the review they highlight the strengths of men as caregivers and suggest that consideration must be given to addressing the specific needs of male caregivers. The review specifically comments on male sons as caregivers and the second paper explores this role in a study with a purposeful sample of sons in rural areas of ROI. In this study the authors highlight the significance of a strong parental bond in reasons for taking on a care giving role. As in other studies, a ‘getting on with it’ approach is evidenced while there is also evidence that many do not feel adequately supported. This study suggests that greater research is required into the role of sons as carers and the types of supports that would work best for this carer group.