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Purpose Prize 2009
Courage
What is Courage?
Why is Courage Important?
Do you know....
News from Continuing Care
Annual Stress Buster Contest
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Issue: #18 October 2009
Dear Reader,

There are many ways to win something.  Sometimes you win a prize through art or written work such as with our Stress Buster Contest.  Other times you win an award such as the Purpose Prize on behalf of others.  The winning of the Purpose Prize furthers the work begun by our Caregiving Youth Project team.  Our dream is that one day all youth caregivers in the U.S. will be recognized and supported to achieve success in school and in life.
 
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD
Founder and Director
PURPOSE PRIZE 2009
Connie from Purpose PrizeConnie Siskowski named
Purpose Prize Winner
 
The purpose Prize is an organization that provides financial awards to social innovators over age 60 in support of their encore careers, new careers in which these professionals are using their knowledge and determination for social change.
 
According to Purpose Prize,  "Rather than a lifetime achievement award, however, The Purpose Prize is a down payment on what these 60-plus innovators will do next."
 
CONGRATULATIONS, DR. CONNIE!

 


Courage does not always roar.
Sometimes it is the quiet voice
at the end of the day,
saying
 
"I will try again tomorrow." 
WHAT IS COURAGE?
 Courage
The quality that enables
a person to face difficulty or danger without fear;
bravery. 

 
WHY IS COURAGE IMPORTANT?
kittens huggingBecoming an Upstander  
It takes courage to stand up for the values in which you believe and not follow the crowd.   A new word people are using is "upstander", meaning someone who chooses to help or speak out against bullying instead of just being a bystander, someone who chooses not to get involved.
 
The Stand Up Pledge for Upstanders 
  • Support those around me who are being bullied or victimized.
  • Tell a friend, teacher or parent when I see someone being bullied.
  • Ask myself, "How would I want to be treated?"
  • Note where and when bullying occurs (bathroom, playground, online).
  • Do something when I see someone being bullied - be an UPSTANDER, someone who recognizes that bullying is wrong and tries to make the situation right!

BullyBust 2009

DO YOU KNOW THAT IN THE U.S. AS MANY AS 160,000 STUDENTS STAY HOME EVERY DAY BECAUSE THEY ARE BULLIED?
 Stop Bullying NowThere are many ways that students are bullied
 
When you think about bullying you usually think about someone hurting or scaring another person face-to-face, physically, socially and verbally.  Sometimes it is really obvious with violence or loud talking and angry language.  Often bullying is very subtle, with bullies excluding some students from group activities or making them feel isolated from others.   
 
Cyberbullying is a new form of bullying, using mobile phones and the internet deliberately to upset someone else.
  • Approximately 15-35% of students have been victims of cyberbullying.
  • Approximately 10-20% of students admit to cyberbullying others.
  • Girls and boys are equally involved in cyberbullying.
  • Most cyberbullying occurs in the middle school years.
According to BullyBust 2009, "When we feel bad about ourselves (for any number of reasons!) being a bully can make us feel 'stronger' in the short run....Sometimes people are afraid that if they are not a bully, someone else will bully them!"    
 
Bullies and their victims can both feel angry, frustrated, afraid and sad.  Everyone suffers, which is why it is so important to help put an end to bullying.
 
NEWS FROM CONTINUING CARE
 
World Stroke Day, October 29          World Stroke Day
The American Heart Association
and the American Stroke Association are joining the World Stroke Organization to draw attention to the threat of people having strokes.  Their theme is "What Can I Do?" to address how we all can help prevent strokes.
 
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The Human Services Coalition held
its First Annual Legislative Summit
on October 16th.  Local politicians were presented with the "Green Book", a compilation of human services issues important to the Palm Beach County community. 
 
The Caregiving Youth Project is in the "Green Book."  Florida state bills provide money and support to family caregivers OVER the age of 18.  CYP is requesting that the age eligibility requirement be revised to include youth caregivers under age 18.
 
 
Merck presents 3D animations of diseases
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Merck Source is a website designed by Merck & Co., Inc., a world-wide pharmaceutical company,  that provides patients and caregivers with health information and resources.  Their goal is to empower patients with knowledge of diseases, prevention and treatment.
 
Click on 3D Medical Animations in the left column
ANNUAL CYP STRESS BUSTER CONTEST
 Stress Buster Contest
 
 NOVEMBER
is 
 NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH 
 
The National Family Caregivers 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.
 
NFCA is sponsoring a free webinar on
"Safe & Sound: How to Prevent Medication Mishaps"
on
Thursday,  November 12, 2009,
from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

 To sign up send an email to teleclass@thefamilycaregiver.org 


Sincerely,
 
Millie Barber, MD
Mary Jo Tarrien, RN                                              jerry stackhouse
Kate Landry, AmeriCorps Member 
Caregiving Youth Project
of  Volunteers for the Homebound & Family Caregivers
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