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Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter
The Caregiving Youth Project helps identify, recognize, educate and support students who care for ill, injured, elderly, or disabled family members. This allows caregiving youth to achieve success, have fun and make new friends, while promoting academic growth.
In This Issue
Caregiving Tip
Healthy Choices
Sand Sifters
Diversity Job Exop
Parkinson's Symposium
Important News
Continuing Care
CYP Wellsness Day
No Time for Exercise
Health Americorps

Whoops! Accidents happen! People in our care may not see well.  Their hands may be shaky and things can spill easily.  Or their hands may not be able to hold something long enough to put it on a stable surface. Their distance judgement may be off and the table, chair or even plate is not where they thought. Then what happens?  Something spills and YOU have to clean it up!  You may feel extra frustration, anger or resentment - "Why me?" you may think!  








When this happens, take a deep breath. Put what happened in perspective. Your family member didn't create the mess intentionally and the time it took to clean it up was probably a very little portion of your day.  Next, think about your own level of stress - it's probably time to pay some special attention to yourself!  Take a time out just for you! Even if its only 10 minutes. You will be glad you did...and so will the rest of your family!



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Palm Healthcare Pavilion

Saturday, April 14

10 am to 1 pm


  • Height, Weight & BMI Evaluation
  • Blood Pressure Testing
  • Pediatric Exams
  • Cholesterol Tests
  • HIV Tests
  • Hearing & Vision Tests
  • Blood Glucose Testing for Diabetes

Fun for the Family, Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders, Family Fitness Challenge, Fun Zone for Kids, Battle of the Bands Contest.


5205 Greenwood Ave., WPB, FL 561-833-6333

Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup 
April 7, 2012
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl, just north of the Ocean Avenue Bridge. 
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 am
Visit the Website:

 Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128.



Wed. 4/4/12   

9:00 a.m. - 2p.m.


The  Embassy Suites West Palm Beach Hotel 

1601 West Belvedere Road

West Plam Beach, Florida


Free admission, parking and career development seminars


For more info call

(561) 860-8560 




This conference is FREE for people living with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.


There will be a continental breakfast and lunch for all attendees.

The conference will be held on March 30, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center, 151 Civic Center Way; Royal Palm Beach, Fl 33411. 



"Our family now knows what needs to be done and organizes the caregiving activities in such a way that works well and does not induce stress. Before CYP, the home atmosphere was tense, challenging for mom and making it difficult for everyone in the family. With help from the program, the disposition has changed. There is a better atmosphere for studying. He can study out in the open instead of in hiding in his room."


What one CYP mom, Mrs. G said last July 29th.

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth 
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Issue: #47 March 2012  
Dear Reader,


Every aspect of our life experiences shape us into

Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

who we are today. Perhaps without you even knowing it, as a caregiver, you are acquiring very special skills that will benefit you in your adult life. Shelby Linton, one of our Board members, reflected about his caregiving.  He suddenly realized that his multi-tasking and people skills which he demonstrates as a successful executive today, came from caring for and juggling his time and responsibilities as a child.  We excitedly wait to see what your futures hold and where what you learn with caregiving will take you tomorrow! 






Those pictured above went to the School Board meeting on 3.14.12 for a presentation by CYP students Mishu, Bernise, Isis and Clare on behalf of Juan, to request a District policy change.  The request they were making was so that your caregiving work at home could be awarded Community Service Hours, which are critical for high school graduation, scholarships and college admissions.  The hours of service would be awarded by AACY and accepted by the School District according to your Level of Responsibility.

It was the one night that the School Board meeting ended early so the students never had the opportunity to speak. In the absence of the verbal presentation, the written proposal was distributed to school officials the next day and within a week won approval! This is a Landmark Decision for caregiving youth that will have implications for many others as Caregiving Youth Projects develop across the US.
A special thank you to Dinara Strikis, pictured above left, our graduate student from the Miller Medical School of Public Health in Miami who spearheaded the writing of the proposal.  



On March 21, we held our second Field Day at the John Prince Park in Lake Worth.  We played kickball, passed football, took walks, colored mandalas, and made crafts. We even flew a kite. (Thank you, Kim Hermanowski!) The day was filled with music, dance, laughter and smiles.


CYP group shot at

John Prince Park 

Also during spring break, our CYP student researchers continued their work with Sara Plachta Elliott, Brandeis University Ph.D. fellow. They shared their time with AACY - seven hours on Monday and two hours on Friday - as they worked to design a video slide show that will accompany Sara's research dissemination.


Wednesday Workshops continued through March and will continue throughout April and May.


Kickball is a field day favorite

Students remember: Cristy posts events and scholarships to the American Association of Caregiving Youth Facebook page, and Cristy and Kaeron invite you to become their Facebook friends as well! We've realized that this is the easiest way to get in touch with you. AmeriCorps member, Bryan Still, continues to provide college admissions and scholarship application assistance. You can reach him through Facebook or call the office. 







The CYP group headed to the DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach for an afternoon of fun and information gathering at the annual "Wellness Day".

Hip Hop is a great way to have fun, get some exercise and relieve  stress






Chillin in the pool

 The day included swimming, as well as a presentation with a question and answer session with the Chief Clinical Dietitian from Bethesda Memorial Hospital. 

Q & A with Particia Deavers MEd, RD, LD, CNSC


Thank you Lisa Kronhaus and Patricia Deavers from Bethesda Memorial Hospital for your time and support with this important community event.


Thank you

Lee Duncan



By Lee Duncan, FAU Social Work Intern

Taking the time for physical exercise and choosing types of foods you eat are important to stay healthy. Finding the time to take of yourself is even more difficult when you are trying to take care of someone else. As I have worked with you I have realized how hard you are trying to keep your family members safe and well. Interning with the CYP has given me an insight your lives, concerns, difficulties and needs, yet also your great strengths.

I Have Learned From You! 

Hearing directly about how caring takes up so much time and effort makes me understand how important any time spent on physical activities and exercise can be. During group I heard the value of sports and physical activities and was surprised how well these concerns including transportation were expressed. My favourite activity is playing soccer. I know the benefits of physical exercise and why you should take the time to maintain your health, as caring for family members with health problems can be stressful and may even cause health problems for you.

What Can Happen?

Do you know that not having enough physical exercise, rest and poor food choices can cause school grades to go down? The CYP assists with school-work, helps with services as well as educates you about health and caregiving. This not only means the family members who you are helping but your health too!

How CYP Helps

Many of you enjoyed the activities sponsored by CYP including Camp Treasure, fishing, YMCA and Whole food events. Those that attended the recent Y event had a fun time and especially enjoyed the Hip Hop dance activity. I saw a few really great dance moves; I know you all have talents! The event also provided important information about diet and exercise. Judging by the comments you made and the questions you asked, it seems that you know staying healthy requires effort.

Take Time For You!

While the CYP continues to support you in doing the great work you do, I hope that by working together we can help you find time to participate in activities to help improve your health and well-being. Below are a couple of links that will help increase your understanding of the value of physical exercise and activity:


Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Families Click Here


 and The Role of Schools Click Here   


By Bryan Still, CYP Americorps Member


The word "cancer" is a frightening word.


Do you know that cancer, which is uncontrolled cell growth, affects just about every age group? The most common types are cancers of the skin, prostate, breast, lung and colorectal. When someone in your family has cancer, you may be more likely to have it at some point in your life and that can be a scary thought.


Thus, it is important in taking care of another person, that you also do everything possible to prevent getting it yourself! Easy ways to do this include protecting your skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen and eating foods high in antioxidants. It is also important to take part in screenings for the cancers that are most likely to affect you specifically and for which the early identification of the cancer will result in more effective treatment. For instance, if your grandmother has breast cancer then your mother should participate in regular breast cancer screenings in order to detect the disease early.


The causes of cancer are varied and not yet completely understand, but many links have been found to tobacco, radiation, poor diet and obesity, as well as environmental pollutants. Sometimes cancer occurs as a natural part of aging, where by old age cells have replicated so many times that a mutation was statistically more likely to occur, resulting in cancerous cell growth.


The major treatments for cancer are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Chemotherapy involves killing cells in the body that divide rapidly, which unfortunately includes cells that are not cancerous, such as digestive tract cells and hair follicle cells. This is why patients experience hair loss and often appetite and weight loss during their treatment. Surgery is used to remove tumors, especially for malignant ones before they can spread to other areas in the body, and sometimes for benign ones if they are large.


Remember, as a caregiver you need to stay as healthy as possible! Take good care of yourself and reduce your risk factors by taking preventative measures against cancer. For more information, please see the American Cancer Society website at Click here