November is National Family Caregivers Month, complete with presidential proclamations since 1997. A hidden population among the growing number of family caregivers are middle school, and sometimes even elementary school children in this role. There is no intentional omission; rather, they are off the radar screen for the public and professionals including those in education and health care. Read the entire article.
“Chin Music has taken me to a place where pain meets sorrow and is conquered by love and devotion” is the opening sentence of the $1200 winning essay submitted by Kelsy Timot, a member of the Caregiving Youth Project of the American Association of Caregiving Youth since 2008. She is a senior at Atlantic High School.
Kelsy, who had to grow up quickly to care for her young niece, scripted, “Facing my own every day challenges has meant putting my own childhood behind me….I have done everything that a mother should do and have seen everything only a mother should see…I have spent many a sleepless night because my niece has had trouble breathing from birth. Furthermore, since my mom works, I do the cooking and cleaning, as well as bathing my niece, and getting her ready for school. As a result, my schoolwork has been affected. I neither have time to study nor the time to enjoy myself. Caregiving Youth of America has helped me by giving me time to be a child again. Hanging out with kids my age and meeting people who cope with the same circumstances as I do have helped me overcome the challenges I face…it takes the strength of a mighty wind within us to seek help and not feel ashamed of whom we are…”
June 21, 2013 Boca Raton, FL.
What do you get when you combine the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) with Allegiance Home Health and Rehab companies? You get an incredible synergistic partnership for the Boca Chamber Festival Days.
Elected officials, business, healthcare, education and religious leaders will join together in a fast-moving, early morning program designed to celebrate the opening of school in Palm Beach County, one of the featured events of Boca Festival Days and the one community constituents won’t want to miss!
During the program, a special award will be presented to Jan Savarick. As president of Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Ms. Savarick has played an integral role in the success of the Foundation and the Hospital since she joined the organization in 2001. She oversees all fundraising activities, including capital, annual and planned giving campaigns, corporate giving, donor relations, community awareness, major gifts and special events. She is a key member of the Hospital administrative team, helping to drive the organization’s policies and future direction.
In addition to her role at the Hospital, Jan has been extremely active in the community, and has played a significant role on a number of not-for-profit boards and committees including the School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, Hillel of Broward & Palm Beach, and an Honorary Council Member and Past President of Donna Klein Jewish Academy. Jan was named one of South Florida’s most Influential Business Women of 2012 and a 2013 Palm Beach County Ultimate CEO by the South Florida Business Journal.
Jan is recognized as a tireless advocate for partnerships that provide opportunities for students, especially related to their healthcare and has championed the needs of students who also are family caregivers.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 21; 7:30 am – 9:00 am
WHERE: Lakeside Terrace, 7880 Glades Road. Boca Raton, Florida 33434
WHY: Proceeds of the breakfast will benefit the Caregiving Youth Project, a program of AACY that offers services to middle and high school children who care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly or disabled
WHO: The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today AACY is the only organization of its kind in the United States for addressing the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population, conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million children, who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Its mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of these youth that are both students and family caregivers. AACY’s model program, the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP), works in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County. Dr. Connie Siskowski, the organization’s founder was a 2012 CNN Top Ten Hero.
Allegiance Home Health and Rehab is a Medicare certified home health agency that provides skilled and non-skilled services in the comfort of your home. Services include Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Social Services. Allegiance also specializes in Private Duty and Companion Services. With the help of Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides it provides caregivers that are carefully selected to help clients at home. They can assist with daily living activities such as bathing, toileting, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication management, grocery shopping and transportation. Allegiance is an award winning home health agency. Allegiance has been named HomeCare Elite and Top 500 Agency since it's eligibility in 2009. Allegiance's service area is from Boca Raton to Sebastian, and was established in 2005. Allegiance provides support 24/7 to ensure their patients achieve a higher quality of life. Their goal is to help clients and patients regain and maintain their independence at home. Rosie Inguanzo-Martin is the President and CEO and has been nominated woman of the year.
COST: Breakfast tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Please contact (561) 391-7401, to purchase a ticket or for more information.
Source: American Association of Caregiving Youth Dated: Aug. 30, 2013
Jan Savarick, President of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, was saluted on Wednesday, August 21, by city officials, business, educational and religious leaders, along with community supporters. BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Jan Savarick, President of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, was saluted on Wednesday, August 21, by city officials, business, educational and religious leaders, along with community supporters, all of whom gathered to recognize the difference Ms. Savarick makes every day in the lives of thousands of people, including the caregiving youth of Palm Beach County.
Following welcoming remarks by Mark Hansen, Board Chairman of the non-profit American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY), Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel officially proclaimed August 21, “Jan Savarick Day,” as she thanked Savarick for her many contributions to the community. The occasion was AACY’s fourth annual “Back to School Breakfast,” held as part of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Boca Festival Days events. This year AACY partnered with Allegiance Home Health and Rehab Company which arranged for Yankee legend and now youth advocate, Bucky Dent, who generously greeted fans and autographed photos for the attendees.
The event was highlighted as Ms. Savarick’s dedication and commitment were saluted by special messages from Christine E. Lynn, Dick and Barbara Schmidt, Tim Snow of the George Snow Scholarship Fund, and by Savarick’s children, Matt and Samantha who live in California. Connie Siskowski, PhD and AACY president, thanked her for her leadership, service and support of the organization through the years. The AACY’s ‘Caregiving Youth Project,” was the direct beneficiary of the proceeds raised by this event. The Caregiving Youth Project offers services to middle and high school children who care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. This year over 550 young participants were assisted by AACY in their caregiving roles. “We reach out across the area to bring our services to young people who serve as unsung community heroes for the extraordinary work that they do,” says Dr. Siskowski. “We continue to have youngsters everywhere in Palm Beach County hoping for our support, which is contingent on our resources and fundraising efforts.
The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt subsidiary of Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) which supports the hospital and its mission. Generous community support has enabled it to maintain its high quality, compassionate medical care for nearly 50 years. BRRH enjoys an excellent reputation for providing competent and compassionate care. It is fully committed to the community in both sickness and in health. As a sacred place of healing, it listens to its patients and continues to develop programs and services which focus on prevention and wellness, in addition to providing quality medical care.
For more information visit http://www.brrh.com/Foundation.aspxor call 561-955-4142. The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today AACY is the only organization of its kind in the United States addressing the issues surrounding a silent, vulnerable and hidden population of children – conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million – who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members of which there are at least 10,000 in Palm Beach County. The model Caregiving Youth Project of AACY works in partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County to address the needs of pre-teens, teens, families, and professionals through education and awareness, research, and direct services. It collaboratively utilizes existing resources locally, regionally, and nationally to effectively support the valuable role caregiving youth fill within the family, in the health delivery system and in an aging and diverse society. AACY is expanding its reach through an affiliate network, partnerships and the future establishment of the Caregiving Youth Institute.
For more information, or to contribute to the AACY, please contact them at (561) 391-7401, or visit
In Some Families, The Tables Are Turned
Ana Sofia Padilla sometimes frets that her children are missing out on what is supposed to be a carefree time in life. Ana Sofia, her twins Stephanie and Natasha, and the baby of the family, Meagan, all take turns caring for her 66-year-old mother, Saray Esquivel, who lives with them in West Palm Beach, FL.
On March 13, 2013 Connie Siskowski was interviewed on Kim Power Stilson's Talkworthy Radio Show (Sirius-XM Channel 143. BYU Radio is sponsored by Brigham Young University. The 22 minute broadcast can be heard here.
Partner spotlight: caregiving youth -- the silent part of the 'Silent Epidemic'
In the United States, there are over 1.3 million youth ages 8 - 18 who are family caregivers to disabled, ill or aging relatives. Youth caregivers administer medications, assist with mobility and manage household chores. Some provide personal care such as bathing or helping a loved one to the bathroom. Often overlooked, these children and teens are exhausted, stressed and falling through the cracks. Youth caregivers have high absentee rates and find it difficult to concentrate when they are in school. The American Association of Caregiving Youth recognizes and supports children who are responsible for the care of their ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Read more.
The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is pleased to announce that CBS 12 Anchor/Reporter, Michele Wright, will emcee the organization’
According to Michele, "I have experienced personally and have seen in others the challenges families face when illness or disability strikes. It gives me joy to support caregiving youth in any way I can to make their lives a little better. As CNN Hero Connie Siskowski says, these kids are the real heroes."
While this is the 3rd Annual Hearts & “Soles” event, this year is a special HEROES Dinner, celebrating the recognition of the AACY Founder & President, Dr. Connie Siskowski, as one of the 2012 Top Ten CNN Heroes. Connie was recognized by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and presented her award by Adrien Brody in the Heroes Tribute Show on December 2, 2012. The show was shown internationally multiple times.
There are many heroes in life. This year, there is an opportunity for donors to name their own Hero. Heroes will be recognized in the Program Book as well as in printed hearts displayed at the event.
AACY Board Chair Mark Hansen and Board Director Carlos Herrera are co-chairing the special event. Adding fun to the evening is illusionist Gary Goodman. Energetic Neil Saffer is the live auctioneer. With a surprise donation, it will truly be a “live” auction!
AACY’s 3rd annual Hearts & “Soles” is scheduled for February 28, 2013 at Lakeside Terrace in Boca Raton. The theme Hearts and “Soles” in an effort to promote awareness of what it must be like to “walk in the shoes” of caregiving youth. The event will include cocktails and dinner, music and AACY’s signature “Courage Awards” for caregiving youth who have candidly participated in local and national media coverage of AACY in furtherance of awareness for the cause.
A wide range of sponsorship opportunities for the event is available. Donated items for the silent auction and raffle would be greatly appreciated and formally recognized. Event tickets are $50. Make your reservation today by calling Gerry at 561.391.7401.
About the American Association of Caregiving Youth®
The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. Today it is the only organization of its kind in the United States for addressing the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population, conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 million children, who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Its mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of these youth that are both students and family caregivers.
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"Kids as Caregivers", by Cristy Hom appears in the May/June edition of Grand Magazine, an on-line magazine for Grandparents. Check it out by following the link below.