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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 foreward to I Am A Teen Caregiver. Now What? by Avery Elizabeth Hurt. Available on Amazon now or ask your school librarian.


Join the CYP Instagram account and Facebook group!  Connect with each other, learn, build new friendships and strong 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.
Michelle D. Sherman, PhD. & Deanne M. Sherman

This book helps teens to:

- Understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illness

- Learn coping skills

- Sort through complex feelings

- Deal with friends

- Identify resources and find hope

click here for more information
The mission of the Arizona Caregiver Coalition is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers across Arizona through Collaborative Partnerships, Advocacy, Resources, and Respite Support. Our vision is that all Arizona Family Caregivers have Hope and Resources to overcome obstacles of care in our urban and rural communities.
Arizona Caregiver Coalition is now an AACY affiliate.

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 Veteran's 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.

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of
crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here's how it works:
1. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
2. A Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
Cost - the service is completely free, but messaging rates apply if you're NOT on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile.
Check it out
"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust
Issue: #115 November 2017  
Dear Reader,
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
There is no doubt that our journey must continue so that caregiving youth are recognized during November, National Family Caregivers Month, and more importantly, throughout the year.  The AACY team and its supporters have worked hard and long on your behalf!  We continue to be inspired and hang on and hang in there with Vince Lombardi's famous line: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." One day in the not too distant future, your voices will be heard!  Stay tuned - we have your back!
November is only complete with the annual Fall Camp Treasure!  We had a great camp with middle school students with the help of our counselor friends from the AmeriCorps.  Friday night was filled with outside games, a water balloon toss, a great group session, smores, campfire songs and bunk time.  Saturday was a blast conquering the ropes course, making treasure boxes, participating in hands only CPR, swimming in the pool and who could forget the tasty ice cream sundaes!  Camp Treasure always goes by quickly however the memories and friends last a lifetime!

Thank you to all those that volunteered at camp including AmeriCorps, Althea Ceasor and her friends, Palm Beach County Fire Department, and Sue Heller.
Thank you to the SISTUHS and Black Progressive Men of FAU for a fun day at the park!  Everyone gathered together at Patch Reef Park and played challenging games of kickball, team building, and enjoyed a delicious BBQ.   
The casual time provided a great learning opportunity on college from the FAU students. We love our relationship with FAU and are grateful for the connections it has brought the students of the CYP! 
Did you know that family members who have diabetes are high on the list of health conditions of family members cared for by youth?  November's Lunch and Learn sessions have focused on Diabetes. Students received information on the types of Diabetes, and how to help care for a family member who has this health condition.  
Winners of the Essay Writing Contest were Angela Crocitto, Sefania Jacques, and David Florez. These students were presented with cash prizes from the BOMAR Foundation at the western themed Saddle Up for Caregiving Youth. 
December 2nd The Great Charity Challenge 5:30pm - 8:00pm 
Children, friends and family members are invited for a night of fun.  Free admission & parking, rides on the carousel, enjoy the petting zoo, face painting, visiting with Santa and more!
Where: 3400 Equestrian Club Rd. Wellington, FL 33414 
December 17th Holiday Celebration
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Stay tuned for upcoming details! NEW LOCATION this year!!!!!   
December 19th Boca Bowl 
Call the office for tickets 561.391.7401, family and friends are  invited to attend with you.   
December 25 Holiday Feast 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Boca Helping Hands and Town Center at Boca Raton invite AACY families to their Christmas Day Lunch being held at the Café at Boca Town Center. In addition to this delicious feast, there will be festive music, tons of holiday cheer and the Big Man himself, Santa Claus!

December 29 Fun Day 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Fun Day at Boca West Country Club.  
A couple of years ago CYP participants who were caregiving for someone with diabetes attended a special event to help with their understanding of this illness. One of the big results of those who attended was an understanding that, "I don't want to get diabetes!"

It's true, any chronic illness isn't what a person desires to have.  And, like many health conditions, unless your body no longer produces insulin such as in Type I diabetes, there are many things you can do to keep your own body healthy as well as that of your family member.  

Of course, the most obvious thing is to avoid sugars.  Limit how much candy you eat.  Unlike candies or syrups, sometimes sugar is hidden in foods that you may not even realize!  Nutritional authorities, including the World Health Organization, recommends a daily sugar intake between six to nine teaspoons per day.  Guess what the average is?  It is 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, often in foods you may not even expect!

So, where can these sugars be hiding?  They are in breads, snack bars, energy drinks, cereals, yogurt (even frozen yogurt), ketchup, frozen waffles and would you believe even fruit snacks?  If you read the labels on foods, it may not specifically say "sugar" but rather have fructose, dextrose or caramel listed.  As a people, we have become used to and enjoy the taste of sugar so, restaurants even use it in their food preparation.

Sometimes it is easier to go "cold turkey" and change your own diet and the foods you prepare for your family members.  Other times it is easier to take small steps in creating change.  The important thing for you and your family is that you, like Nike, "just do it!"

One easy start is by simply trading out sugary drinks - at least some each day - for water.  A second easy switch is from cereals to eggs at breakfast and whole fruit instead of juice.

If you would like to discuss your eating options with a CYP team member or other trusted adult, feel free to call the CYP office (561.391.7401).  We at CYP want to work together with you and with your family to help you all be the healthiest you can be!
AACY thanks and recognizes people at our schools that go above and beyond to assist in making the Caregiving Youth Project a success.  Students that are supported in their caregiving roles are more likely to attend school, get good grades, know they are not alone and most importantly, graduate!
The following staff at Loggers Run Middle School: Ms. Balais (Guidance Counselor), Ms. Carol (Secretary) and Mr. Sam (Maintenance staff) have been very helpful to Ms. Amoy, CYP Family Specialist, during her weekly visits at the school. These individuals are always welcoming, warm and ready to assist whenever there is a need. They are outstanding and also have rapport with the students.  In addition to those named, many others at Loggers Run Middle school are true supporters of AACY, and for that we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude. Thank you for all that you do!
Thank you Andrea Doyle, at Boca Ballet for facilitating tickets for our caregiving youth and their families to attend the wonderful performance of the Nutcracker over the Thanksgiving holiday!
AmeriCorps is a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community." 
Locally, AmeriCorps members volunteer at Camp Treasure and make the time there special fun and supportive for caregiving youth! 
Gerry Fallon
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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