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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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The Caregiver Space is an online community for caregivers of all ages. As an initiative of the Caregiving Youth Institute to connect children across the United States who are caring for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members, the American Association of Caregiving Youth ® now hosts a Caregiving Youth Forum and a biweekly chat on The Caregiver Space. You may access both the forum and the chat by registering for free at: 
Call 561.391.7401 and speak with a Family Specialist if you are interested in receiving tutoring help during the school year.
We have certified teachers in all subjects.  If you struggled last school year, let us help make this school year easier for you. 

Years ago, when I worked for a company called AdultCare, we conducted research on members of the National Family Caregivers Association.

By guest blogger, Dr. Connie.

Those were the days when our country was first trying to understand family caregiving and its implications.  I clearly remember that adult family caregivers who had the highest levels of depression were those who were caring for someone with mobility impairments

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AOD software and Stratis Business Systems support AACY including the Caregiving Youth Project through in kind donations, by sponsoring and attending our events, and providing our office staff with software.                      

To learn more about these two great, community- conscious companies, click on the links below.


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Stratis Business Systems and Soneto Advantage  

Nigel, a therapy dog, provided a special St. Patrick's Day greeting. Laughter is good medicine and he brings a smile to our faces!  Enjoy!  
Attend Area Agency on Aging's Fearless Caregiver Conference, April 23, at the Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.  A limited number of free tickets are available.  The event runs from 8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m., with lunch included.  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 

Issue: #83 March 2015  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

Sometimes when we are in the midst of life challenges, it seems impossible to even think about the future. And yet, when we have the chance to look back, we can be thankful for the incredible gift of strength that we have been given as we overcome each challenge and, ultimately our strength can help others. Little by little we get through; know its okay to have others, including the CYP Team, in your life to lean on.

Click here for lyrics and to play "Lean on Me" 


The high school college campus tour of Lynn University happened on March 19th for our juniors and seniors. CYP students got a glimpse into what college life is like. They walked the beautiful campus and met college students who were studying in different parts of the campus. They visited a dorm, classrooms, the library, and ate lunch in the cafeteria. It was a time to see what an exciting the future could become!

A fun time was enjoyed by all at the annual picnic at John Prince Park on March 23rd.  A great way to end Spring Break!


As our sixth grade groups are coming to an end for the school year, our seventh and eighth grade groups are in full swing at all of our middle schools. Congratulations to all of those sixth graders who have completed the groups, and we hope you like your certificates of completion! Thank you to those who are still 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 Family Specialist.


   Special thanks to the Jr. League of Boca Raton.  Boca Middle
School CYP participated in a nutrition cooking class .  Now the question:  are you using your new knowledge and skills to make some nutritious decisions for yourself!                                
Our March Lunch and Learns were focused on Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders, and next month we will be featuring information about Multiple Sclerosis. Feel free to stop by the CYP table and pick up information.                                               

Last month we discussed how the unknown and the unseen of heart conditions can be frightening for all family members, including the one with the health issue. Helping a person who has epilepsy or seizures can be just as frightening! Our bodies need brains as well as hearts to live!

And, like heart disease but unlike someone who has an amputation, there is no visible evidence to others of the illness. Who would know that celebrities such as Prince, Susan Boyle or even football player Jason Snelling has seizures?

Today there is much better medical understanding and new treatments for people who have seizures. Making sure that your loved one keeps to his or her medical schedule is something very important that you do.

If the seizures are not yet well controlled, there are several things you can do as part of being the best caregiver you can be. As you pay attention to external things that are in your control and can make a difference, it will ease your stress and that of your other family members.

An easy thing is for your family to have a rule to respect each other's privacy and not use the locks on doors within your home. That way, if the person has a seizure, there is always access and no worries about breaking down a door to get to your loved one.

Then, for any family member, even a younger sibling, who may be likely to fall, if the furniture in your home has a sharp edge, pad the corner. This will prevent a serious cut if someone falls into that sharp corner.

Lastly, when you and your family member who has seizures participates in activities outside, use the buddy system. This is especially true when swimming is involved or even any other activity such as a hike. That way, should a seizure occur, the person is not alone and you are equipped to make sure any possible injury - or drowning - is avoided.

Preventing injuries and complications by using precautions is important for all types of health conditions. Remember, you are free to call the AACY office (561.391.7401) to speak with a member of the "A-Team" to discuss any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s).

By: Renee Nakash, FAU Student

Do you know the game of dodge ball? Where you run around trying to hit your opponent with a ball to try and get them out of the game.  

Well, can you imagine if you were standing in the middle of the gym and every classmate picked up a ball and threw it at you at the exact same time? That would be overwhelming to your body and your brain. 

Much like the brain of someone that is having an epileptic seizure. This type of seizure is the body and brain's response to unexpected bursts of abnormal brain activity.   Having seizures and epilepsy can affect a person's daily living like their ability to work, drive, and also their safety.

This is more common than most people realize. 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Think about the size of one of your classes and at least one of your fellow classmates will end up having epilepsy.

Epilepsy can happen to any person at any age. There are some things that set off seizures and also medications that can stop or control them. Keeping track of a loved one's seizures by writing important information down can help figure out what is causing them.

Here are some questions to keep in mind after someone has a seizure:

When was the last time the person ate?

What types of medications are they taking?

Do they have sensitivity to types of lights?

Do the seizures occur at a specific time of day or night?

Are they getting enough sleep?

To find out more information about epilepsy and the treatment options go to:  


The 2015 Boating and Beach Bash for People with Disabilities happened on March 21st at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.  It was a free and fun filled experience for kids, adults, and Veterans who are physical or intellectually challenged. For the first time for many, a boat ride was the highlight of the day.  Others enjoyed the BBQ, live entertainment, games, sports, arts and crafts, therapy dogs and ponies for petting. Thank you to all who made that happen! 

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. (Napoleon Hill)
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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