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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.
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AACY is continuing its pharmacy discount program under the sponsorship of RXAOA.  In addition to offering you and your family this benefit, each time you use it a donation will be made to AACY!  This will help AACY grow and reach more caregiving youth! The card is free for you and your family and even your extended family.  Please compare medication costs and if it makes sense for your family, you can use it whenever you get a medication that is not covered by other insurances.  The average savings are about 30% for each prescription.  There are also ways to have medications mailed directly to your home at lower rates. click here to download your free card   


Valentines Day 2/14/14

The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C.

President's Day 2/17/14


BARACK OBAMA is our 44th president, but there actually have only been 43 presidents: Cleveland was elected for two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president.



Cassie Pfister, AmeriCorps Member

Tests assess your mastery of topics and overall ideas on a subject. When you study for an test, your goal should be to recall the studied information in an organized way so that you can produce a correct answer.


Here are three tips to assist you with mastering a test:


1. Assemble all of the materials that contain the information that will be covered on the test. This includes your textbook, your textbook notes, your class notes, and any teacher handouts.


2. Ask your teacher what content areas will be emphasized on the test.


3. During classes that lead up to the test, be attentive for clues that something will probably be on the test. Also, by studying 15 minutes a day to retain new information, you will have more success on test!   

My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant
Issue: #69 January 2014  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


 One month down, 11 months to go in 2014.  How are you doing with everything that is on your plate?  Are you taking a day at a time to be the best you can be?  


Remember, each new day brings you the opportunity to begin all over.


Athletes all over the world are preparing for the Olympics. What can we learn from them? In addition to having physical core strength, they all have an amazing attitude to be the best they can be and never give up. In caregiving you will excel with an attitude of being the best you can be...a day at a time...and never giving up! 

John Prince Park.
Fun, Food and Games! 
 Join us at John Prince Park in Lake Worth Tuesday, February 18 from 12 to 3pm. Limited transportation is available. Please call 561-391-7401 to RSVP. The deadline to let us know you can come for some fun isFebruary 13.



Groups are in full swing at all of our middle schools for the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Thank you to all who are participating; we look forward to seeing you at our next group session. Please remember that we are here to assist you and your family beyond your group meetings at school. If you would like a home visit to help you and your family, speak with your guidance counselor or CYP staff member.


During February we will be focusing on Heart Disease, Stroke and High Blood Pressure. Please stop by our table and pick up information.


During January, we had great meetings and turn out at Atlantic, Boca, Boynton Beach, John I Leonard and Santaluces High Schools. We will be meeting with our Lake Worth High group in February since, due to testing we were unable to meet this month. Thank you to all the students that are participating in groups and we look forward to seeing you in February!



Scholarships are available for High School seniors! Get a head start now as deadlines for the scholarship applications are fast approaching. Visit

for a list of scholarships! Please sign up for an account at the above website before you apply for a scholarship.  Remember your guidance counselors can help you as well! Ask them for more scholarship information. Good luck seniors!

The online application for the George Snow Scholarship is available!The deadline for completion is February 1st, 2014.   If you or someone you know is looking for a scholarship....APPLY TODAY!!!!


 Many of us help care for a family member who may not have good body coordination, have tremors or who may have weakness on one side of their body. You may wonder, "What is the best way to help with dressing or other personal care?"


Here are some ways encourage your loved one to do as much as possible and/or when you need to assist, to make caring a little easier:

  • In the shower or bathtub
    • Use a tub bench or a shower chair
    • Prevent soap from slipping away with soap on a rope or liquid soap
    • Sew or pin a washcloth to make it into a mitt that will stay on the hand
  • In the closet or clothes storage area to make reaching outfits easier
    • When possible, lower the clothing bar
    • Place the clothes most used in the front
  • For dressing
    • Clothes that close in the front are easiest to get on 
    • Put clothes on the weaker side first

Sometimes dressing can take longer than you expect, especially in the morning; so for both you and your family member who needs help, have clothes ready the night before. Decisions made ahead save time!

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By: Jessica Burke, Alzheimer's Foundation of America


People who have Alzheimer's disease are both those who are older and those who are younger. You and your family may be among the many teens who are helping someone with this brain disorder. 


The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) offers a variety of support services, programs and resources specifically for you! AFA Teens features a website (

that enables you to learn about Alzheimer's disease, and to connect you with other teens who are also caring for a family member.  AFA uses a bulletin board and a blog. 


AFA Teens also supports you by encouraging you to express your feelings and experiences related to Alzheimer's disease through an annual video competition and annual college scholarship. There is still time to enter this year's college scholarship competition, which awards $5,000 to the top winner and $7,000 in other scholarships, but hurry! The deadline is February 15. Find out more at 

On February 18, AFA will introduce a Skype-based support group for you.   It is a free, eight-week program that will be facilitated by one of AFA's licensed social workers.  You will engage with peers, and learn coping skills and caregiving techniques. Space is limited. To register, email[email protected] or call 866-232-8484.

AFA looks forward to adding to the support you already receive through the Caregiving Youth Project.  So, if you are caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease, we look forward to welcoming you to also receive free services through AFA.

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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