NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2020, Book 1

Sociology and Healthcare

I, THE WIFE’S CARER. MEN FROM THE TRADITIONALISTS/SILENT GENERATION ON THEIR (NEW) IDENTITY

Dr Magdalena Rosochacka-Gmitrzak

ABSTRACT

Despite transformations of culture of ageing taking place and pinpointing lesser trivialization of ageing, in many CEE countries and globally, further-reaching approach to ageing experiences and meanings attributed by individuals of either gender have not come of age. Neither has it gained enough attention to cause a significant change towards truly inclusive perspectives or practices. This problem applies to men remaining to a certain extent imperceptible as prime caregivers to their chronically ill wives or partners.. By desk research, own research interpretation and literature review, the paper addressed men caregivers identity. Findings suggest the identity to be shaped by a relationship, and its story, with caregiven wife, identity spoiling as a result of stigma associated with caregiving experience and low social recognition of it. The study recognizes matters to be further assessed and may lay foundations for new directions. It also translates onto gerontological practice by recognizing factors which may assist caregiving professionals and possibly policy makers in better addressing the needs of caregiving individuals.

KEYWORDS

ageing, caregiving, men, identity, social gerontology

REFERENCE

NORDSCI International Conference 2020, Book 1, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-11-9, I, THE WIFE’S CARER. MEN FROM THE TRADITIONALISTS/SILENT GENERATION ON THEIR (NEW) IDENTITY, 253-262 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/NORDSCI2020/B1/V3/26