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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:

The Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS) Community Fund is the Company's employee-funded charitable organization. Thank you Jarden employees for helping AACY provide respite services. JCS employees live, work and care for their families, and for AACY families too!

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Thursday July 30, 2015
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Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.

Through the Summer BreakSpot, free breakfasts, lunches and snacks are available to anyone 18 and under all summer long. Click on the link to find a location.

By guest blogger, Dr. Connie.
Just as our fingerprints are unique to each one of us, so too are the defining characteristics of each family unit. This is a blessing and a strength, yet it is one of the many challenges that our systems face in supporting caregiving families: there is no cookie cutter, no easy recipe. Each family unit and set of circumstances is different from the next. Click here to read the entire blog

Click on the link below to learn about reading programs and events taking place throughout the summer.

Develop a Family Emergency Plan prior to an event. Click on the links provided to help you put a plan together.
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." - Benjamin Franklin
Issue: #86 June 2015
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President

"Knowing I am no longer alone" remains a top comment from your End of the Year Feedback forms. A frequent comment from Skills Building Group is that you have learned, "others have it worse than me". All of our circumstances are different; mostly they are outside of our control. What we can control is how we handle the complexities of our lives and the choices we make. Know that your life and every life matters. Be CYP strong!


Congratulations to all of our 8th graders moving on to high school in the Fall. CYP will continue to support you as you make this transition in life. Thank you all for completing the end of year questionnaires. Your input is important to continually improve the program.

There will be a fishing trip on Wednesday, July 29th. If you are interested and have not attended previously, please contact us. You will have an opportunity to fish in the ocean and learn about our marine environment and why you need to protect it.

Prevent "Summer Slide" and get a head start on next year. Please call or email us if you need tutoring in any subjects. The tutoring can be in home or in the community.


Congratulations to all of our 2015 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 2nd. We are proud of all of you!!

We will be hosting a creative writing workshop at our office on Wednesday, July 15th from 11-1:30 for our juniors and seniors. We will be sending invitations via the mail so once it arrives, please RSVP to 561.391.7401. Spots are limited! This workshop will help prepare you for completing college and scholarship applications, and help you feel more comfortable with your writing skills.

To our future seniors, don't forget about the Junior Creative Contest. The James Patterson books for the contest, I Even Funnier, have already been handed out so if you are entering your senior year and have not received a book, please call us at 561.39.7401. All entries must be submitted to AACY by 4pm on August 3rd!! Volunteers are available to help you!

We would also like to congratulate our winners who received scholarships generously donated by Jeff Firestone, CEO and founder of ChariTEES. The scholarship recipients were Mandy Alvarado, Draven Carabello, Rools Conseillant, Lauren Montal, Xiona Rocha, and Elizabeth Simon.


Caregiving involves relationship building. And, a healthy relationship involves trust. Trust is defined as, "the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something."

Trusting another person or them trusting you is something precious that is earned. When someone allows you or asks you to care for them, they are entrusting you with their being.

A fundamental building block of trust is "walking the talk" or doing what you say you will to the best of your abilities. You tell your family member you will do something for them or you will be home to take care of them at a certain time. Even if you don't say, "I promise" each time you speak, make your words to that person just as important as if you made a promise.

Sometimes in order to accomplish what we need to for ourselves, as well as our caregiving responsibilities for another, keeping life as simple as possible allows for better time management and priority setting.

When you put off doing something that you know you need to do, without even realizing it, you are spending time and energy in delay. When you spend time and energy unproductively, it takes away from the time you need to enjoy for yourself and to be productive.

Some tips for managing your time and along with that, keeping things simple include:

  • Make a list of the things that are especially important
  • Create a list of things that you need to do and haven't done them yet
  • Do what you say you will do
  • Do the hard things from your list first
  • Get rid of items you no longer need - this makes room for new things
  • Seek extra support and help - remember caregiving is not well done alone
  • Take time off even for fifteen minutes - we all need a break and make your break a time just for you to enjoy
  • Learn and practice saying "No" to requests that fill you time with activities that are unimportant to you

We know only too well that life is short. Be, enjoy, and live in the moment. Let go of any regrets or guilt. A coach once said, "Leave the accident scene" or in other words forget about the bad shot and focus on getting the next one right. At the same time, learn from your mistakes so you avoid repeating them...know we are all human and all make mistakes!

As you build the two-way trust with your care receiver - or even with a friend - both you and that person may disappoint each other from time to time. When this happens, it's healthy to talk about what happened. Learn from each other and grow together in your relationship of trust.

Finally, always know that you are free to call the AACY/CYP 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).


Camp Treasure Reunion will be held this year on Wednesday, 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. for the first time ever we will be have a Skype session with young carers in the UK! 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 8th. If you are in need of school supplies, please contact us at 561.391.7401.
Thank you to John Riddle of Progressive Self Defense in Boca Raton for teaching our CYP students about situation awareness, anti-bullying, cyber safety, a time and place for self-defense and the power of your voice.
Thank you to Dyanne Davies, Marshmellow Dreams for inviting our CYP students to a dance. If you have a family member who is a child or young adult with a disability, you are invited to attend the free dance. Which is held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Boca Raton City Hall. Different DJ's provide entertainment, this month's guest DJ's were Evan Weisberg and Asher Rost from KIDSURGE.

Happy 4th of July
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth

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