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.

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