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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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Attend the Fearless Caregiver Conference, July 24th, at the Embassy Suites Hotel
661 NW 53 Street
Boca Raton, FL 33487.  A limited number of FREE tickets (including lunch) are available.  The event runs from 8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m..  Experts will be on-hand to answer your questions about balancing family, work and caregiving; helping adult children become independent; aiding your parents and more.

Questions?  Call 954-362-8126.  To register, visit
It's that time of year again!  
Preparing for the hurricane season
The last eight years have been kind to us, but it only takes one storm to remind us of Mother Nature's fury.  It is everybody's responsibility to be prepared in case a storm hits.

Please refer to the "Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide" in preparing for the 2014 hurricane season.  It contains valuable phone numbers, lists and tips to keep your family safe in the event of a storm.
In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle considered a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.   
The Palm Beach County School District has provided a great link to find summer camps, museum schedules, reading contest, and community happenings.

Fire Safety 

Students, do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Do you have a smoke detector?  If not, please call our office 561.391.7401 and let us know!  We want you and your family to be safe! 

These stretches are an excellent daily routine that emphasize stretching the muscles that are most frequently used in normal day-to-day activities. 

Calf Stretch

While standing, place your left foot near the wall. Bend forearms and rest them against the wall. Keeping the right foot flat on the floor, move right leg back until you feel the stretch in the calf muscle. Hold an easy stretch for 10-30 seconds. Do not bounce. Stretch the other leg.   


Chest Stretch

Place flat palm of right arm against a wall. Slowly rotate forward until you feel the stretch in your chest. Hold the stretch for 10-30 seconds. Stretch the other side.  


Start a conversation about mental health, talking invites understanding.

To learn how you can become involved, or for information regarding prevention, treatment and other helpful information visit and
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"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
- Marcel Proust
Issue: #74 June 2014  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


We hope you are enjoying your summer! Laughing at ourselves and sharing lessons learned can hopefully help others. 


At Bear Country USA, I took a picture of a bear taking a bath by the side of the road and proudly posted it with a description on Facebook. Almost immediately someone commented using a pun with the word "bare". I double checked my post - yikes - there was no picture!! Was my face ever red! The joys of the English language abound!  A good lesson: always check to make sure the picture is there before closing your post! 



Camp Treasure Reunion will be held this year on Tuesday, July 8th at the FAU campus In Boca Raton. The event is from 9am-4pm and includes swimming, a high ropes course, and many other activities and surprises. If you have been to Camp Treasure and have not RSVP'd yet, please call our office at 561-391-7401 to reserve your spot.  


Back to School Bash will be August 9th.  If you are in need of school supplies, please contact us 561.391.7401. 



 Thank you for completing the end of year questionnaires. Your input is critical for improving the program.

Thank you to Maryann for sharing her caregiving story and involvement in the CYP with listeners of the Forum for Nonprofits radio show.   


There will be a fishing trip on Wednesday, July 30th. If you are interested and have not attended previously, please contact us. You will have an opportunity to fish in the ocean.


Please call or email us if you need summer tutoring of any subjects. We can offer in home tutoring or community based tutoring. 

Congratulations to all of our 2014 graduates! Thank you Bethesda West Hospital for your hospitality for our Graduation Celebration.  Thank you South Palm Community Church for putting together gift bags for the graduates at the celebration held on June 3rd.  We are proud of all of you!! Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures.  


Please let us know if you need help with financial aid forms, scholarships and/or applications.


It's now summertime! With school being out, you and your family may be thinking of taking a little time off - it could be a day trip, a trip for several days or something more exotic. If your family member is mobility impaired, there are special considerations and planning you can do to maximize the opportunity for enjoyment for all. We are fortunate to live during a time when more and more facilities are making extra special accommodations and accessibility options.


Here are a few considerations for making your trip as easy as possible:

  • Take a cooler for both special food needs and medications
  • Obtain an "Access Pass" if your plans take you to a national    park or amusement park - customer services agents can help  you with this
  • Update and have handy the medical history and medication list just in case of an out of town emergency
  • Make sure your family member, especially if he or she tends to wander, wears identification
  • Plan to take regular rest stops even if your family member is sleeping - take time for others to stretch their legs and move around.

 Enjoy the summer! Take time for you as well as to take time to do something different to create cherished family memories for many years ahead.


If you and your family are feeling challenges by these or any other issues, please feel free to call our office (561.391.7401) so we can work together on what works best for you and your family.  

Prevent the "summer slide"; we have certified teachers in all subjects.  If you struggled last school year, let us help make the upcoming school year easier for you. Call 561.391.7401 and speak with a Family Specialist if you are interested in tutoring during the summer.


We have certified teachers in all subjects.  If you struggled last school year, let us help make the upcoming school year easier for you.
Dan Davidowitz, James Hamilton, Hayley Schulman, Joe Kraus.
Congratulations to James Hamilton and Hayley Schulman for winning the AACY/Polen Capital and Stratis Business Systems scholarships given in partnership with the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Keep up the good work!

Thank you to AACY Board members Dan Davidowitz and Joe Kraus for facilitating the donation of the two AACY Caregiving Youth Scholarships from Polen Capital Mgmt LLC and Stratis Business Systems.  
The Radio Hour's mission is to bring hope along with the latest information on finding a cure for Parkinson's disease and improve the quality of life for people with the condition in South Florida.

Guests Gary Barg of Caregiver Media Group and Dr. Connie discussed being caregivers for family members with Parkinson disease on WBZT.  The show aired from 11am - noon on Saturday, June 14th and was sponsored by the South Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.   Listen here:   

Allegiance Home Health & Rehab Inc. will now offer additional services related to the treatment of Parkinson's Disease as well as new services to support family members and caregivers.

Following Parkinson specific trainings, Director of Rehabilitation Joe Martin says, "We are continually seeking out ways to increase our skills and knowledge base.  Parkinson's is a unique diagnosis with specific challenges. It's important that we recognize, understand, and have the right tools to provide our clients and their families with the best care possible."

For more information about how Allegiance Home Health & Rehab can support you or your loved one through the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's, and many other health conditions, please call them at (561) 367-0711 or visit their website at
Dr. Connie, Blogger
I was a young mom, having my oldest daughter within days of turning 21. I hadn't been around young kids very much except to babysit now and then so everything was new and there was so much to figure out! Thankfully, in nursing school, I learned some basics that I was never taught at home.......For the complete article click on the link below. 

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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