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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
Top Ten CNN Hero
AACY and Dolphins
Theatre Tickets
Wellness information
Fun Fact
Did You Know
Sand Sifters
Continuing Care
Free Health Fair
Kim Hermanowski
Caregiving Tips
Health Article
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Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year is open online( until November 28, 2012, and voters can do so up to 10 times a day, every day. The only requirements to vote are a valid email address and internet access, and there are no age restrictions to vote.  Follow AACY on Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter and follow CNN Heroes at & 

and use hashtag #CNNHeroes.




November 11, 2012 

Promotion code: AACY

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The Entr'acte Theatrix has generously offered CYP students and their families free tickets to any of their performances from Wednesday, October 31st thru November 4th to the Tony-nominated Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Show to the Crest Theatre at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, Delray Beach.  Please call the AACY office 561-391-7401 to RSVP and we'll make arrangements for the tickets to be picked up at the venue.



Please, join my mission to reach 1 million people who will donate $10 to make Caregiving Youth Forever Donate Here 


Find out if you are at risk of diabetes or other health conditions.  Dial 211 or visit

Sponsored by 2-1-1, Quantum Foundation, and Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc



Only one state in the United States contains only one syllable, the state of Maine.



The annual Enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries is 10/15 through 12/7.  The Florida Blue Centers offer numerous seminars.  Whether you are approaching Medicare, are already a Medicare Member, or are just looking to explore your options.  

Join the Sand Sifters for Our Monthly Beach Cleanup and Harvest Festival
November 3, 2012
Oceanfront Park
6415 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A)
Ocean Ridge, Fl
Sign In: 8:00 am
Event Ends: 10:15 am
Visit the Website:   
Pre-register by calling (561) 734-9128. 


Issue: #54 October 2012  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


Happy Halloween! 

Halloween provides a time to escape and pretend to be someone who we really aren't...someone scary, glamorous, funny or whatever we wish.  Sometimes it feels that we need to wear a mask every day.  The good news is that we don't!  Being our real authentic selves allows others to see us for being ourselves. The world can get to know you for the true treasure that you are!




We began Continuing Care groups in Lake Worth and Santaluces High Schools where CYP seniors met and discussed their goals for the year. Lake Worth High group is held during lunch every fourth Wednesday of the month, Santaluces High is from 9:30 - 10:30 every second Wednesday. We are in the process of scheduling Atlantic, Boca Raton, and Boynton High.


If you haven't already, join CYP student and CYP graduate groups through Ms. Cristy's FaceBook page. We use it to post announcements, events, scholarships, etc. Friend request her at Christine Kovach Hom or Ms. Kaeron at Kaeron Williams. The CYP group is also a way for us to discuss various subjects and issues so please feel free to let us know what you would like to include.


A special note to CYP high school seniors! Quickly contact us to let us know your plans. We are able to help you with college, scholarship and financial aid applications.


And, remember, the George Snow Scholarship will award at least one youth caregiver scholarship this year. Let us know if you are interested in this opportunity and we will also help you with this application process. Deadlines will be here before long!


Saturday, November 10th from 10 am - 4 pm

Get prepared for the mental and physical demands of the season.



  • Screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol
  • BMI measurements and Wellness Counseling
  • Vision screenings
  • Massages

Great givewaways & More.....


November is American Diabetes Month.  Diabetes affects people of all ages and body types, and occurs when your body  either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use insulin properly.  You can reduce your risk by making a few simple lifestyle changes, like regular physical activity, weight management, and reduce fatigue.  Click Here for more information and a complete list of locations.






Kim Hermanowski, a major supporter of AACY and wonderful volunteer, was recognized at the Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach 39th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Breakfast.   Many of you may recognize Kim.  Kim tutors, drives to CYP events, volunteers at the office and much, much, more for AACY.  Thank you Kim for all you do!


When we help to take care of another person, it is sometimes easier to do whatever it is ourselves rather than spending a little extra time and allowing that person his/her dignity which comes with being as independent as possible.


Sometimes there are time challenges.  So for example, you need to be out the door to catch the school bus but grandma has been slow to get her shoes on.   This is a time when you can help her get her shoes on quickly and get the bus.  Then tomorrow you figure out it would be smart to rearrange your time schedule and have her start getting dressed sooner so that neither of you will be stressed.  When you make these easy changes in your scheduling, your days will start out brighter!  And, that's a win/win for everyone!



By Bryan Still, Former 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

Kim Fort, LMSW
I am the newest Family Specialist that works with the Caregiving

Youth Project in Okeeheelee Middle School and Palm Springs Middle School. I am rom Buffalo, NY and graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Buffalo. My background is in the child welfare system and working specifically with youths placed in foster care.



Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.  

      By Brian Tracy


Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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