Japanese elderly men hope wives will be their caregivers – survey

6 years ago by in Japan

More than 50 percent of elderly men in Japan born in the late 1940s hope their wives will act as caregivers if it will be necessary, according to a government survey released on Thursday.

Compared to this percentage, only a quarter of the women having a similar age hope their husbands will act as caregivers.

Around 3,500 people gave answers that were used in the survey covering men and women born between 1947 and 1949, according to Kyodo news agency.

To a question regarding whom respondents would rely on for care, 54.7 percent of male respondents picked their spouses, compared with 26.6 percent among women.

Around 43.2 percent of women chose professional caregivers such as those at facilities for the elderly and hospitals, home-care workers and visiting nurses, compared with 25.5 percent among men.

Less than 1 percent of male and female respondents said they hope the spouses of their children, mainly the wives of their sons, would provide care.

A survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in 2010 showed that spouses were the main caregivers, with around 70 percent of wives caring for husbands.

Japan’s population is aging more and more, as the baby boomers born in the late 1940s reach their mid-60s.