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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" getting ready for the 2014 hurricane season.  It contains valuable phone numbers, lists and tips to keep your family safe in the event of a storm.

For answers to all your questions, click on the link below. 

The Palm Beach County has a online-research link.  Practice for an upcoming drivers test, research products, download music and much more.

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. 

Shoulder Stretch

Extend your left arm in front of your body. Using the left wrist, place the right wrist underneath and pull inward toward your body, while keeping the left arm extended. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Stretch the other side.



Forearm Stretch  

Extend your right arm. Using your left hand, pull your finger tips back toward your body until you feel the stretch in your forearm. Hold the stretch for 10-30 seconds. Repeat using the other arm.  


Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, in collaboration with BRIDGES at Boynton Beach, will be hosting its Annual Back-to-School Community Health & Resource Fair on Aug. 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 900 N. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. They will be providing free backpacks, physicals, haircuts, food, entertainment, health screenings and much, much more. Please make sure to mark your calendars as you will not want to miss this event! For more information or to volunteer, please call 561.736.1111.  


Vera was born in Nicaragua, but migrated to the U.S. at the age of 5. Her first language is Spanish, and she prides herself in still speaking it, writing and reading it fluently. Vera also knows American Sign Language, though she doesn't practice that often.


Vera grew up in Miami and still considers Miami home. She passionately roots for all the Miami sports teams. If you ask her what her favorite sport is, she will say Baseball, but she loves most sports.


Vera attended Barry University in Miami Shores for her Bachelors in Science. It is there that she started working in the Student Activities office, and where she discovered her passion for event planning. She doesn't have kids of her own, but says her 6 nieces and 5 nephews are the loves of her life. She is thrilled to join AACY and work closely with the kids at CYP.


Start a conversation about mental health; talking invites understanding.

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Issue: #75 July 2014  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President


During the past weeks watching the news of the wars in the world, the Malaysian plane crash and the border children, the faces and the plights of those who are suffering so much stay in our minds.  Sometimes, as caregivers we are both  visually exposed AND we also may need to do less than fun tasks for those we love.


Taking in too many negative images can take a toll on our emotional well being.  But, it doesn't have to! Take time to soak into your mind happy pictures, read a book or watch a funny movie to create balance and help replace the unpleasant images that your brain may otherwise store.  


There is so much in life that is way, way beyond our control that each of us must let go. Thankfully we have the ability to feed our brains with positive images and experience joy in the choices we make each day.  Give yourself some positive images and experiences today...and all the tomorrows too!



On July 24h CYP students Julianna D. and Abby G. attended the annual Fearless Caregiver Conference. Thank you for representing CYP and reminding others that youth are caregivers too!

Thank you to those of you that completed in the End of the Year Feddback Forms.


Good Luck to all our caregiving eighth graders starting high school!

Reminder:  we have staff available to assist you with your FAFSA forms and student aid applications.

In July both middle and high school CYP students attended the Camp Treasure Reunion at the FAU Boca campus. They participated in swimming, ropes courses, a fire saftey demonstration, art activities, and had a tour of FAU campus.



A big thank you to our staff, AmeriCorps members, FAU staff, volunteers, Dr. Brown (Board Member), Bob Lemons of the Boca Raton Fire Department, Sue Heller, The Good Humor ice cream truck, and Sam's Club for helping make this event possible.

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.
By Sofia Cardoso

Last year, I decided to address the issue of bullying at my school, Spanish River High. Through one of my school's clubs, we spread the message about anti- bullying. We held a White-out" Bullying event in which the student body and faculty dressed in white clothing as a symbol of support for anti- bullying. We also purchased posters with an anti- bullying logo, which hung in all of the classrooms at my school. A follow-up survey of this event showed that 80% of the students at Spanish River felt that "White-out Day" helped to bring the school together and decrease bullying.


This summer, I have conducted presentations on anti-bullying to explain the different types of bullying and how to prevent it.  After learning about these activities participants wrote and shared their bullying experiences and shared them with the class. One of the students drew a picture of the Earth with a big red X on top and the words "STOP BULLYING" in black to represent a world without bullying. The banner will hang in their school as a constant reminder not to bully others.

Bullying often happens because the perpetrator feels insecure. It is important to stand together against bullying because it is hard to confront someone alone. When we unite, so much more can be accomplished. Putting an end to bullying is a major issue that needs to be conquered. Let's all work together to stop bullying!
At Clinics Can Help we believe every person has the right to quality medical care and access to quality medical equipment is part of that care. If you need a wheelchair, hospital bed, or other medical equipment that is not covered by your insurance and you can't afford it, CCH will do our best to get one for you. 
AACY salutes CCH and is grateful for the help it has given to CYP families.
Jarden Consumer Products
As the needs and numbers of families CYP helps is increasing needs, we are thankful for Jarden's employee funded support for respite. 

There is little doubt that we are in the heat of summer! It is easy for both care receivers and caregivers to suffer from heat related illnesses, most of which can be prevented! Here are some ways to stay as cool and as healthy as possible, even though the temperatures of the heat index are high.
  • Drink, drink, drink! Water evaporates from the body in ways that are visible such as with perspiration and ways that you cannot see such as with breathing. Using caffeine can also contribute to more loss of body fluid. Be sure to replace electrolytes that are lost with perspiration by eating fruits such as dried apricots that are high in potassium or drinking electrolyte filled drinks such as Gatorade.
  • Dress for the heat! When you wear white or light colors, heat is reflected. Wear clothes that "breathe" such as cotton. Also wearing a hat protects you from the heat of the sun.
  • Avoid direct sun! Plan activities in the shade. Use a fan to keep the air circulating. If air conditioning is not available, try to go someplace that is air conditioned such as a store or a mall.
  • Eat less! It takes energy for the body to digest food. Rather than have a big meal, try eating smaller meals more frequently, especially during the hottest times of the day.

Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer! And, please remember to use sunscreen!

If you and your family are feeling challenged, please feel free to call our office (561.391.7401) so we can work together on what works best for you and your family. 

Dr. Connie, Blogger

Unexpected consequences of age discrimination

...Imagine instead that you are 15 years old and your 49-year-old mom has had a stroke. Your dad has long since left you both and your older brother lives a distance away and he is involved in activities of his own. You worry about your mom when you are at school, "What am I going to find when I get home?" And then you remember you have to stop by the pharmacy to pick up your mom's medicines. "Why me?!" you wonder.

Click on the link to read the entire story.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you - by Nelson Mandela

Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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