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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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NEW RESOURCE BOOK CHECK IT OUT  
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.
 
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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.
 
ARE THERE ANY VETERANS IN YOUR FAMILY?  
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Palm Beach County has services that might be of assistance to your family.
Learn more here

Another resource is 
VeteranAid.org   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.
 
M.A.C.Y EVENT
Mentor a caregiving youth
 
CYP Students joined with their mentors in a fun filled bowling party.  The event was held at Strikes@Boca on Sunday May 21st.  A mentor is someone who helps a young person grow and succeed. A mentor is someone who is making an investment in your future.
Please let your Family Specialist know if you would like to have a mentor or call our office 561.391.7401.
 
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY  
Caregiving Youth Project team decked out in green to show support of Mental Health Awareness Day!
 
QUOTE  
Go the extra mile, it is never crowded.- unknown 
 
Issue: #109 May 2017  
Dear Reader,
ConnieS
Connie Siskowski, RN, Ph.D. Founder and President 
Have you ever been bitten by a fire ant?  It is such a tiny insect yet one bite can cause a major allergic reaction - even in an adult!

Can you imagine what would happen in our world if fire ants and people who commit crimes could do no harm?

We can each make a difference!  As a caregiver, you are already on a journey to show the positive power of one! 

Sooo...here is a summer challenge:  Think about one other way you can extent your positive power.  It could be in your school, in your congregation or perhaps in your community or even beyond.  Need help?  Let me Know!
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL  
Congratulations to all graduating middle school students and to those who completed their Skills Building groups. We look forward to our continuing relationship with you. Please remember to let us know if there is a change in your family situation or contact information. We are planning many fun activities for you throughout the summer!!
 
 
 
CONTINUING CARE  
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The graduation party to celebrate your achievements will be held on Wednesday, May 31st from 4-6pm. It is for you, the graduate and two family members. If you haven't already reserved your seats, call Ms. Brenna today at 561-391-7401.
 
CAMP TREASURE  

On Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th we held our 21st Camp Treasure. We had 30 students from over 10 different middle schools. On Friday night campers had some free time to play outside, participate in ice breakers. Then we had a camp wide epic kickball game, a welcome meeting, and a campfire with s'mores. We also had a generous donation from B'nai Torah where all campers and counselors were given comfort dolls. Saturday morning following breakfast, campers made treasure boxes with Ms. Sue Heller and Ms. Michelle and did the ropes course. There was a one hour educational session from the Palm Beach Fire Department where students learned hand only CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. After lunch students enjoyed ice cream sundaes and face painting. Later, everyone participated in an all camp swim. What fun we all had in the pool!
  
 What a great camp, we can't for Reunion Camp this June!
 
CAREGIVING TIPS  
Now school is almost out and schedules change. Even though school is soon over for this year, we know that your caregiving continues; there may even be more of it!

During May, your Lunch and Learn information focused on lupus. If your family member has this auto-immune illness, it is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. So, catching new symptoms early is a key to managing life with lupus.

One of the tricky things about Lupus is that it is unpredictable. There are good days and ones that are not so good. So, what kinds of things can you do to support your family member so that hopefully there are more good days than not?
  • Encourage exercise to keep the body muscles and joints as healthy as possible
  • Provide extra fluids to drink, even those with extra electrolytes to keep cells fueled and in condition
  • Remove extra stressors as much as possible to keep emotions balanced and the body less taxed
  • Prepare heart healthy foods as people with lupus, especially women, may be more prone to heart disease.
No matter how much you do to keep your family member with Lupus as healthy as possible, symptoms may still occur. Know that when this happens, it is not your fault! Some things are just out of our control as much as we might wish otherwise.

Please also know that you are always free to call the AACY/CYP office (561.391.7401) to speak with your Family Specialist or any member of the "A-Team" to discuss any concerns or ask questions. The A-Team fails at mind reading - you must communicate as you care for your family member(s).
 
COMMUNITY PARTNERS - LINUS PROJECT AND HIBISCUS QUILTING GUILD  
Thank you Linus Project and Hibiscus quilting Guild for the wonderful handmade blankets for caregiving youth middle school students. These blankets provide much needed support during a time we cannot be there for them.   
Thank you to all those who contributed their time and talents to create and give these meaningful gifts.  
 
FEARLESS CAREGIVER CONFERENCE  
LEARN HOW TO:
Balance family, work & caregiving
Motivate family members to help
Convince Dad to stop driving
Persuade Mom to listen to you
Legally protect your aging parents
Secure the future of your adult child
 
It's on July 20, 2017 at the mt Carmel Banquet Hall at St. Jude; 21689 Toledo Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33433 from 10:00am - 2:30pm, Lunch is included.  There are a limited number of free tickets for Family Caregivers.  Register at Caregiver.com or call 954.362.8126.
 
CAMP TREASURE REUNION  
 Camp Treasure Reunion, complete with high ropes and swimming, will be June 22nd at FAU. Please call to reserve a spot. All students who attended any Camp Treasure are invited to attend.
 
Sincerely, 
Gerry Fallon
Editor
American Association of Caregiving Youth
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