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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   


Cassie Pfister, AmeriCorps Member

Those Dreaded Tests!


It may be hard to believe but some people actually enjoy taking tests! Most of us are not among them and yet tests follow us throughout our school years. Even outside of school there are tests, for example getting your driver's license!

Whether in middle school, high school or beyond, there are certain things you can do to improve your test taking skills. Here are some of them:


1. Arrive early with all materials on test day and be sure to have plenty to eat before you take the test. Bring a water bottle or a mint to the test session if permitted in your classroom. Take a few deep breaths before you begin to relax and to have as much oxygen as possible in your brain and body.


2. If you have time, briefly browse through the test when you receive it to prepare yourself for completing the entire test. This will eliminate any surprises when you flip through the pages towards completion.


3. Use a priority first strategy when answering test questions. Complete questions with the highest point value first to ensure that you do not run out of time. Next, address questions that you feel confident you know the answer to. After that, take your time to closely read the question(s) that give you trouble.


4. Pay special attention to the graphics that accompany short answer questions. Many times the answers lie within the graphics; you just have to interpret the information correctly.


5. Stay confident about your ability to do well on your test. All of the studying and the skills that you have been practicing will set you up for success.
Issue: #70 February 2014  
 Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


Since the Caregiving Youth Project began in 2006, we have been made aware of several situations that are truly injustices that you and your families are dealing with. The only way we became aware is that we learned of a situation through a home visit or you expressed a need to our staff in some way.  You realized the importance of voicing your concerns and that we are not able to read minds.  One way the Caregiving Youth Project supports you is to give you a bigger voice; together we can be change makers!  And, making a difference for your family can help other families too as TOGETHER we are stronger and can help each other!  

Fun, Food and Games! 

To celebrate President's Day, CYP high school students and eighth graders enjoyed a picnic at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. The day was filled with sunshine! Hearts were warm with laughter as jewelry making, music, kickball and food was enjoyed by all.





Whole Foods Cooking event will be held on March 6th at Whole Foods in Boca Raton. Only 18 students can attend, so remember to turn in your permission slip.


Lantana Middle School celebrated the end of their Skills Building sessions with a celebration. 

CYP high school students should complete and submit your community service hours for caregiving.  


If there are any changes or updates in your family please inform us so that we can provide appropriate support.


Please contact the office at 561-391-7401 if you need assistance with applying to schools, financial aid, or if you have any other school related questions or approaching deadlines.


College tours to Palm Beach State College Belle Glade Campus will be held on March 27th. Tours to the Palm Beach Gardens Campus will be held on March 13th. Permission slips must be completed to attend the college tours.  This is a great opportunity to check-out a college campus.


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When the person for whom you care doesn't have a visual sign to others (including school staff) that he or she has a certain condition, it is sometimes difficult to convey that the challenges you face may be nearly the same as the student who cares for someone who uses a cane or a walker to get around.


It is easier for people in our lives to respond to what they can see rather than what they cannot see, especially if they have had no experience in dealing with a similar circumstance.


Sharing your story and the challenges you face every day can help others understand.


So what are some tips when your family member has a heart condition?


  A person with a heart condition is likely to be on a special diet. Encouraging that person to stick to the foods that are healthy for them is one way of offering your support. If the diet is salt restricted you would not offer a salted pretzel just as you would not offer cotton candy to someone who has diabetes!

 Regular exercise is important for everyone; for the person with a heart condition, exercise should be done a couple of hours after eating. When you eat, blood goes to your stomach to digest the fuel for your body. Then, when you use your muscles to exercise, the muscles require extra blood and oxygen and your heart, which is beating faster, does too. Blood can't be in two places at once! Help your family member exercise on an empty stomach.

 Taking medications on schedule is also important for a person with any type of illness but especially one with a heart condition. The body does much better when it is regulated. For example, if your family member is taking a medication for blood pressure, the work load on the heart increases when the blood pressure goes up; the heart simply has to work harder as a pump.


We often think of February as Heart care yourself as you exhibit loving your family member in the care you provide and remember to take care of your heart too!  


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Did you know that Saint Patrick's Day was made an official day of Christian celebration in the early seventeenth century? Did you know that there are pictures of astronauts celebrating St. Patrick's Day in space?



"Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not."

-Pablo Picasso

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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