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Caregiving Youth Project Newsletter 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 and personal growth.
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In their 411 series, this is the latest book to help teens who are hidden heroes as they take on adult roles to provide caregiving for ill or disabled family. Dr. Connie wrote the forward to I Am A Teen Caregiver. Now What? by Avery Elizabeth Hurt. Available on Amazon now or ask your school librarian.

Students did you know we have a new Instagram account and Facebook group?  CYP is connecting students just like you together! We are making new memories, creating new friendships, and building stronger bonds!  Be sure to follow us, comment, like, and re-share our posts!  Join us at Instagram @cyphearts and on Facebook at our Caregiving Youth Project Group.
Lord & Taylor supports non-profits with a Shop Smart, Do Good fundraiser.  The closest store to us is located in Mizner Park, Boca Raton. It is a fun day with special discounts, local entertainment, and gifts with purchase.  The next event is April 1st.  Thank Mindy Horowitz, General Manager for supporting AACY.

Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
Learn more here

Another resource is   that offers detailed information on a veterans' pension benefit called Aid and Attendance (A&A). If veterans require assisted living care in a community or at home, A&A gives the information they need to apply for the A&A benefit themselves for free. Senior veterans and spouses use this benefit to help them afford quality home care.
AACY celebrates Pink Shirt Day which was an Anti-bullying campaign held in all schools across the Palm Beach County school district. If you or a friend is experiencing bullying at school or on the bus please make sure to tell school staff, your family, and/or your Family Specialist. Don't suffer in silence!
Issue: #106 February 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
Yes! Super Bowl Sunday was really earlier this month!  No matter which team (if any!) you wanted to win, the Patriots boldly displayed a big lesson for us all:  NEVER GIVE UP! Their comeback was thought to be impossible - but they did it!  And you can too!  If you are behind in something, including in school, think about and then do what you can differently to change; come back to win. Be the Brady of your life and know that AACY is on your team!  
Attention All CYP Students
You are invited to our first annual bowl-a-thon on Sunday, March 12th from 2:30pm-5:30pm! Roll on down to Strikes at Boca bowling alley and enjoy a free afternoon of fun, food, prizes and great memories!

You are welcome to bring a family member.
Directions to Strikes at Boca:
21046 Commercial Trail
Boca Raton FL 33486
From North: 95 South to Glades, head west. Take first left and continue to Commercial Blvd. Strikes will be on your left.
Within Boca: from Military turn on Town Center Road (by Town Center Mall) and Strikes will be on your right.
Our Family Specialists have been busy in the school this month facilitating skills building groups. Remember, it is never too late to join the CYP and begin receiving support!! The topic for Lunch and Learn this month is Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder. If someone in your family is diagnosed or experiences seizures please see your Family Specialist at the Lunch and Learn table in your school for more information. 
Prom Dress Event - Are you attending your senior prom but worried you don't have the money to buy a dress? AACY can help!! Please call our  office at 561.391.7401 to find out more information about a Prom Dress Event being held on March 10th and 11th.

AACY is honored to be partnering with Soroptimist to hold a Girl Empowerment Workshop "Dream it, Be it", on March 25th from 10-2pm at our office in Boca Raton. The workshop is being held for Sophmore and Junior girls in the CYP program. For more information and to RSVP to this amazing event please call Brenna at 561.391.7401.
The heart is such a remarkable organ and the realm of diagnoses that relate to the heart and its ability to function normally, is broad. Almost just as broad are the many advances that have been made in diagnosing, treating and managing heart related conditions. Today we are ever so fortunate to have options for us and our family members to become heart-healthy.

Treatments include advances in medications - even something as seemingly simple as taking a baby aspirin each day to reduce blood clotting. There are drugs to lower cholesterol build up in the arteries that supply the heart muscle so they are less likely to clog up. Then there are drugs to lower the blood pressure so the heart doesn't have to work so hard to do its job. Other medications control the heart rhythm so it can beat normally and be the fine-tuned pump it was designed to be. There are even medicines to make the heart muscle be stronger.

Surgical interventions also abound! Cardiac surgeons can replace a heart valve that is not working properly or to use grafts to increase the blood supply to the heart muscle. Even implantable devices to control the heart's rhythm such as a pacemaker or defibrillator are available.

Thus, diagnosis, medicine and surgery have made great advances in reducing complications and even death from heart disease. What is sometimes more of a challenge, is to manage heart conditions in everyday life. This includes self-care for the person with the illness and the support of the whole family in adjusting to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Yet, this adjustment is ever so important as heart conditions tend to be genetic and early prevention is wise.
What can you as a caregiver and your whole family do to become hearthealthy?
  • Prepare and eat foods with reduced animal fats and salt
  • Practice stress reduction techniques - even as simple as deep breathing
  • Stay away from smoking of any type and also second hand smoke
  • Incorporate aerobic exercise into everyday routines
At your school, your Family Specialist of the Caregiving Youth Project can help you evaluate what changes you and your family can make for matters of the heart and to become more heart-healthy. Or, if you are unable to connect at school, help is a phone call away at 561.391.7401.
Monica joined AACY in February 2017. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University where she graduated with honors. She is currently finishing her Masters in School Psychology from Barry University and obtaining a certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis form Florida Instituted of Technology. Nothing makes her happier than helping others and making a positive impact on their lives. She is exited and grateful to be part of AACY where she will continue making a difference in the lives of individuals. In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano and reading books. She enjoys learning about different cultures, and travels as much as possible.
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