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Camp Treasure VI was the first time we had to start the campfire by ourselves. It seemed like it would be simple but, in spite of multiple efforts, the flames were getting lower and lower. Then Ms. Kate, our new AmeriCorps member, used her Personal Experience Bank from her time in Girl Scouts and we wound up with the best fire ever! As you provide care, you are building your Personal Experience Bank. You are learning more skills than you recognize today! Embrace and expand your Personal Experience Bank - no one can ever take it away from you and you never know when it will come in handy!
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD
Founder and Director
|CAMP TREASURE VI
| Respite weekend for caregivers
The sixth Camp Treasure was held from September 11-12, 2009. Ten campers enjoyed the ropes activity, a campfire, swimming and creating a "treasure box" as their art activity. It was an amazing weekend for everyone.
|NEWS FROM CONTINUING CARE
| Legislative Summit
The Human Services Coalition, a coalition of social service agencies, sponsors an Advocacy Initiative to enhance the delivery of health and human services in Palm Beach County. CYP participated in their Legislative Workshop in September to establish issues of importance for our Florida legislators.
In October a Legislative Book will be presented to the PBC Legislative Delegation that will include the issue requesting that youth caregivers under the age of eighteen be included in funds and programs that support family caregivers. Currently, two state programs, Home Care for the Elderly and Family Caregiver Support Program, require that caregivers are over ages 18 or 19.For more information about the Human Services Coalition
Palm Beach County School Board Presentation
Dr. Connie gave a presentation, "Caregiving Youth Project: A Critical Piece of the Puzzle", at a School Board Special Meetings and Workshops session on September 23, 3009. The presentation enhanced the understanding of participants about the special issues faced by youth caregivers and generated support for CYP's efforts to reach more children throughout the county.
|CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. CAROLE KAIN!
|Carole Kain is now Dr. Kain
Many of our youth caregivers remember Carole Kain from Camp Treasure and Skills Building Group. She has completed her dissertation and has been awarded her Doctorate of Nursing Science.
She wishes to thank all of the caregiving students who were instrumental in her research of discovering new information about youth caregivers. Dr. Carole is now sharing this information with school nurses and other registered nurses at conferences in the state of Florida and nationally.
|AMERICORPS AT CYP
| Welcome to Kate Landry
AmeriCorps Member, Kate Landry, has joined CYP! Kate comes to us after completing another year of AmeriCorps in Washington, DC, working with adult literacy. As a former youth caregiver, Kate is enthusiastic and eager to dive in and contribute to the continued development of CYP and the American Association of Caregiving Youth(AACY).
|NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVER MONTH
Honoring family caregivers in November
The National Family Caregiver
Association sponsors the yearly
recognition of family caregivers
to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers.
NFCA's message: Believe in Yourself.
Protect Your Health.
Reach Out for Help.
Speak Up for Your Rights.
We encourage adult caregivers to join the National Family Caregivers Association because:
- It is free;
- You will receive a monthly newsletter;
- You can connect with a buddy through the Online Community;
- You will have a voice in Washington, DC, to affect changes for all family caregivers.
Sign up at www.thefamilycaregiver.org.
This year to celebrate National Family Caregivers Month there is a free teleclass/webinar on "Safe & Sound: How to Prevent Medication Mishaps" to help prevent the 100,000 deaths each year due to adverse drug reactions. To sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Making 2009 a victorious year
"Regardless of what came before or what
has yet to come, what matters most right now is how I choose to respond to the challenge before me. Will I lie down or will I fight? The choice is mine and I choose to FINISH STRONG!" Dan Green, author of Finish Strong, says it's more than a statement, it's an attitude.
How is your checklist for finishing strong?
- Attitude: Are you feeling positive about your schoolwork and your life?
- Food: Are you eating well?
- Rest: Are you getting enough sleep?
- Exercise: Do you have a favorite sport or exercise?
- Time: Do you have enough time for homework, your responsibilities at home and taking care of yourself?
- DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU AREN'T ALONE! CYP IS HERE FOR YOU. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU NEED!
| See more about Finish Strong|
|It's Time for the CYP Annual
Stress Buster Contest
What do YOU do to bust the stress in YOUR life? Share with others what works for you, enter the Stress Buster contest and have a chance to win a $50 Mall Gift Card! The drawing for the winner will be held in December before the winter break.
WRITTEN WORK: Write a one page essay, poem, story or song, neatly written or typed, describing stress in your life, what you do to overcome it, and how you feel before and after your stress buster.
ART WORK: Draw a picture to show how you deal with stress by using pencil, paints, or other media on paper, canvas or other medium, size 8 1/2 by 11 inches.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT
WHERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES!
|WHAT'S IMPORTANT ABOUT BREAKFAST?
|True or False?
It's fine to skip breakfast. Dinner is the most important meal of the day.
False, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy you need to start the day off right!
Students who eat breakfast have better memory retention and perform better in school.
True, studies repeatedly show that children, adolescents and adults perform better academically after eating a healthy breakfast.
|Quote of the Month
"In the middle of every difficulty
lies opportunity." Albert Einstein
Millie Barber, MD,
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN
Kate Landry, AmeriCorps Member
Caregiving Youth Project
of Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers