Something I thought you might find interesting below. And there is a TON of evidence to support it ...:
Elder care is a final frontier in the gender wars. More than 65 percent of older people who need long-term care rely solely on family and friends, and most of those caregivers — estimates range from 59 to 75 percent — are women, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. A recent study by a Princeton researcher found that daughters step up twice as often as sons, regardless of job status, child-care duties and other variables. The findings suggest that gender and traditional gender roles trump all.
Gail Gibson Hunt, chief executive of the National Alliance for Caregiving, said women become caregivers because society expects them to.
“They are still in that role even though they are in the workforce to almost the same extent as men,” Hunt said. Studies show that at work, men are even more reluctant than women to discuss their role as caregivers, especially for aging relatives, Hunt said.
The lopsided emotional, mental and financial burdens shouldered by millions of women increase the odds that their health will suffer, research suggests. Seventeen percent of all caregivers say their health worsened because of their duties, and women report higher stress levels than men, according to studies cited by the Family Caregiver Alliance.