Newsplex - What

What's Going Around: Caregiver Fatigue

May 28, 2012

If you're a caregiver, it may be time to start thinking about caring for yourself. The medical information in is provided from Dr. Phyllis Montellese of Spring Family Medicine.

She says caregiver fatigue typically impacts women with aging parents and can last as long as one is a caregiver without attending their own needs. Symptoms include: depression, fatigue, loss of patience, and isolation.

Dr. Montellese says the best way to treat caregiver fatigue is by making sure that you have enough time for yourself. To do that, you can turn to others for help, like social services, family, friends, Hospice, and organizations like the Alzheimer's Association.

Dr. Montellese says it's important to make time for yourself when caring for someone else because studies have shown that caregivers are more likely to get serious illnesses and die prematurely.

Also as a reminder, with summer right around the corner, Dr. Montellese is encouraging everyone to wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.

The comments sections of are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 155053015