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Yamada plans hearing to explore role of men as caregivers

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, announces the sixth installment of the “Faces of Aging” informational hearing series, “Role Reversals: When Men Become the Caregivers.”

The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care is conducting a series of informational hearings to explore the intersection of California’s rapidly aging population, its increasing diversity, and the competencies necessary to meet future needs.

The hearing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in State Capitol Room 126.

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, informal caregivers will become more important than ever to those who suffer from disability or illness. 

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the American Heart Association (AHA), a quarter of all male caregivers reported high levels of emotional stress associated with caregiving and 11 percent reported a high degree of physical strain, while 12 percent reported overall declining health associated with their duties.

Studies show that men who had assumed the role of caregiver to a spouse and who also reported high levels of mental and emotional strain had significantly elevated stroke risk; this was particularly true of African American male caregivers.

Members of the public are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend or watch live on www.calchannel.com .

For more information, contact the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care at 916-319-3990.

Yamada represents all or parts of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 September 2014 04:32 )

 

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