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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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RESOURCES -CAREGIVING SPACE
 

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:
www.thecaregiverspace.org  

 
ARE THERE ANY VETERANS IN YOUR FAMILY?  
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Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
http://www.pbcgov.com/communityservices/programs/humanservices/vetcom.htm
 
DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE TOO MANY MEDICAL EXPENSES?  
AACY and Dispute have formed a partnership. This partnership is designed to give relief to AACY families by leveraging Dispute's national network of experienced medical billing advocates to identify potential cases of overbilling, error, and fraud.
 
FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION  
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FREE VITA Tax Preparation service is only available if you earned less than $62,000 in 2015. You may be able to get Earned Income Tax Credit up to $6,242.

The free Tax Preparation is offered by trained volunteer tax preparers thru a partnership with United Way and the Internal Revenue Service.

Help is available from now through, Monday, April 18th 2016.  Click on the link below to find a location nearest to you.

 
LAST QUARTER IN SCHOOL  
 
 
CALLING ALL STUDENTS:
 
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.

 
MARCH IS NUTRITION MONTH  
Next month is exercise
There are so many things we can't change in life, but we can change the way we eat, the way we move and especially the way we think.
 
QUOTE OF THE MONTH  
 
WE WELCOME HAILEY TO THE AACY FAMILY!  
Hailey is soon to be 9 years old.  She likes to read, travel and is soon going to be in a piano recital and also on a radio show in May!  She has been a caregiver for her grandmother for five years! Hailey knows that feeling alone isn't the best feeling in the world so, with the help of her mom, she created a website (www.kidcaregivers.com) for child caregivers like her. 

Her grandmother has Alzheimer's disease.  Even though she may be younger than you were when you began caregiving, or the health condition of your family member may not be the same, what Hailey feels and many of her experiences mirror yours.
 
Please take a moment to visit Hailey's site and read the tips on her blog. We encourage you to join with her in support of what she is doing and help to reach to even more caregiving youth!
Issue: #95 March 2016  
Dear Reader,
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Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President
 
As we enter the final couple of months of this school year, we at AACY look forward to celebrating both graduations and the progression to the next grade for the rest of you.  It is an exciting time in your lives!  We are so proud of you, your accomplishments, and all that you do to help your family with responsibilities that most of your peers don't have.  Know that you are and always will be a special Treasure...that's why our camp is named after you!   
 
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Congratulations to all of those sixth graders who have completed the groups, and we hope you like your certificates of completion!

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 or CYP Family Specialist.
 
Our March Lunch and Learns were focused on Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders, and next month we will be featuring information about Multiple Sclerosis. Feel free to stop by the CYP table and pick up information. 
SKILLS BUILDING COMPLETION - GOOD JOB!
 
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CONTINUING CARE  
Our annual CYP High School Picnic was on Monday, March 21st at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. The theme of the day was, "Be a CARE-free Kid." Our students participated in many activities, such as: Volleyball, Frisbee, Hula Hoop, Helicopter, Art with Side Walk Chalk, and Dancing.  In between activities, students and staff had a nice picnic and great conversations. It was a fun filled day for both staff and our students.
JOHN PRINCE PARK PICNIC  
         
                         
 
CAREGIVING TIPS  
Epilepsy, otherwise known as a seizure disorder, is this month's health condition that we have been focusing on in our Lunch and Learns. It is one of those hidden, almost silent conditions that can occur at any time while you are caring for a family member or while you are not with that person. tip

Being with someone during a seizure, especially one that is violent, can be frightening no matter how young or how old you are. You may also feel embarrassed or even angry if the seizure happens in a public place; some people may say things that are unkind out of simple ignorance and others may offer help and support. It is ever so normal to wonder:   When will it stop? Did I do or not do something to cause this? Do I need to call for help? Is he/she safe? Am I prepared to do whatever is necessary to provide care when the seizure is over?

One of the biggest fears, is fear of the unknown. Is today the day a seizure will return? In a way, this can be a type of fear that is similar to that inspired by terrorists. We cannot allow our fears to take over! Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, "He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life."

Sometimes, seizures are triggered by internal or external forces. Helping your family member to minimize these triggers can help avoid seizure activity. Tips to do this include:
        Preventing fatigue
        Maintaining a proper diet and blood sugar control
        Taking medications as prescribed
        Avoiding super bright lights
        Managing stress and anger
If you are experiencing having a tough time dealing with the issues surrounding seizures, please feel free to speak with a trusted adult such as the Family Specialist of the Caregiving Youth Project who is in your school or who is a phone call away at 561.391.7401.
 
COMMUNITY PARTNER - H.O.T.
 
HANDS ON TZEDAKAH
From the very first day of learning about the need to support caregiving youth, Hands on Tzedakah pitched in!  They provided for our first network server and helped with computers and internet access.  Recently we are grateful for their establishment of an Emergency Help Fund which, among other things, has prevented an eviction and homelessness for this family that was struggling to manage a serious illness.  HOT makes a difference for a caregiving youth, a family at a time for lives here in the US and globally. THANK YOU!
www.handsontzedakah.org
 
BOATING BEACH BASH  
The 2016 Boating and Beach Bash for People with Disabilities happened on March 12th at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.  It was a free and fun filled experience for kids, adults, and Veterans who are physical or intellectually challenged. Thank you to all who made that happen!
 
Sincerely, 
Gerry Fallon
Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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