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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 and the Caregiver Space, an online community for caregivers of all ages, has teamed up to make it easier for our active and CYP Alum to get in touch with fellow Caregivers. You can join in the conversation in the forums and chats. You can share your story in a blog, or your creativity in the Art Corner. Get connected! You may access both the forum and the chat by registering for free at:  

Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
Do you need tutoring in any subject area? Some pointers on how to study more effectively? Or just someone to talk to when you need guidance or advice.

The Caregiving Youth Project has started a new mentoring program. We already have a number of caring adults who have signed on as MENTORS with the M.A.C.Y. (Mentor A Caregiving Youth) program. If you are interested in having a mentor or tutor for this school year, reach out to your School's  Family Specialist or call our office at (561) 391-7401.

Issue: #96 April 2016  
Dear Reader
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 

As I was cleaning out an old file, I came across a quote (author unknown) that I had from years ago - it is still so true today! 
Success is never final 
Failure is never fatal 
It's courage that counts!
Sometimes it is those times of failure that help us build courage to take the next step to reach our goals. During these last few weeks of school, use what you have learned to do well and be courageous in being the best that you can be!
More sixth grade groups began at some of our middle schools.  If you are in 7th or 8th grade and have not had your final skills building group yet, groups will be taking place in May. 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, a CYP Family Specialist or call 561.391.7401.
Our April Lunch and Learns were focused on Multiple Sclerosis, and next month the focus will be on Lupus. Please stop by our table and pick up information.  
Please confirm your attendance for upcoming events by calling Vera at the office 561.391.7401. Camp Treasure May 6th -7th.
Congratulations to all CYP seniors who will be graduating in May and participating in the senior activities!! We cannot wait to celebrate and honor all of your hard work at our graduation party.  The celebration will be hosted at Bethesda West Hospital in Boynton Beach on June 2nd.  Please confirm your attendance by calling the office at 561.391.7401 and speaking with Vera.
Caring for a family member who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be extra challenging. It is a chronic illness that ultimately impacts a person's whole body. For some the condition progresses more quickly than for others.

It is, however, one of the illnesses for which much progress has been made in recent years regarding the understanding of this illness and treatments. There are new techniques to repair some of the damages and there are new medications that appear to be very effective. Some people can even reduce their symptoms by changing their diets.

One of the effects of MS that your family member may experience is "brain fog" - not being mentally sharp. When you notice that this is happening, more and more often, you may feel frightened and have extra worries while you are in schools.
It is important to help the person who has any type of chronic illness to be as independent as possible, even when exerting that independence may take a little more time. An example of this is with a task that seems like it should be simple such as getting dressed.

If your family member has a cell phone or any type of alarm clock, you can help them to be independent by setting an alarm for something that requires a time reminder. The something may be related to cooking or perhaps taking a medication. If there is a smartphone available, it is likely to have the capability of setting multiple reminder alarms with different ring tones. Your role might be to help with this programming. In doing so you are helping to preserve the independence of the one in your care while also reducing your responsibility load.

As always, please know that 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).
The members have been improving the lives of children and families in the South Palm Beach county area for over 40 years.  In May, the Junior League of Boca Raton and community initiative C.H.O.W.(Conquering Hunger Our Way), Will be going to middle schools to performing cooking demonstrations with discussions and emphasis on nutrition and exercise.
"Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are."  
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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