Support, guidance & advice for todays primary carers
There’s an old joke that goes like this. “Why do men die before women?” Answer:
“Because they want to” Hahaha.
Whilst that may have made you chuckle, the truth is that women do outlive men by 8% on average. As an old friend of mine, Professor Sumner-Miller, used to say, “Why is it so?”
There are many opinions floating around out there as to why that is, from biological to genetic. But I say it’s more likely to be spiritual. They just give up the will to live.
Why are men more so than women?
When you think about it, a man spends most of his life working with the purpose of providing for his family. When a man stops working, they can find themselves without a purpose and are often lost. When men lose a reason and purpose, they can also lose their will to live.
On the other hand, women spend most of their life nurturing people, whether their partner, children, family, extended family or building community relationships. No matter what age, a woman never loses the ability to care for and foster relationships, health permitting.
A final thought
We all need a reason to get up in the morning and a purpose to contribute something to someone in some way. So, remain conscious of giving ageing men something valuable to do and worthwhile to contribute to, and when doing so, watch their faces light up, even if it is just to hold the darn while you knit.
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