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State Legislators Join In Bipartisan Support for Florida’s Caregiving Youth

Palm Beach County, FL – January 6, 2011 – The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is pleased to announce the participation of FL State Senator Maria Sachs (D - District 30) and FL State Representative Bill Hager (R- District 87) as Honorary Co-Chairs of the organization’s February 24th 2011 Hearts and “Soles" Fundraising Event.

AACY is the only national organization dedicated to the support of kids who care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Conservative estimates of the number of caregiving youth nationwide exceed 1.4 million kids. AACY’s model program, the Caregiving Youth Project, in full partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, now serves more than 350 caregiving youth and their families in 8 middle schools and 17 area high schools.

Senator Sachs and Representative Hager’s participation in the fundraiser signals a heightened recognition on “both sides of the aisle” of the vital and under-appreciated role caregiving youth play in the state’s healthcare panorama. Both Senator Sachs and Representative Hager have forged long and distinguished legacies of advocacy and leadership in the healthcare, youth, education and family wellness arenas.

Senator Sachs, a Delray Beach, Florida attorney and Democratic politician previously served as the representative for District 86 of the Florida House of Representatives from 2006-2010 and recently won election as State Senator for District 30. Her lengthy resume of public service includes service on the Executive Board of the Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) – a non-sectarian advocacy group for children with developmental disabilities – and as a Board Member for Kids in Distress.

“The population of our state is aging rapidly,” said Senator Sachs. “40% of the constituents in my district alone are aged 55 or older. Caregiving kids will be assuming a larger and deeper role in the home care of our aging and infirm citizens. We can’t afford to overlook their contributions or leave them to shoulder the burden alone.”

Representative Hager, an accomplished businessman, former Boca Raton City Council member from 2002 to 2009 and former Deputy Mayor of the city, was elected to the State House in November of 2010. Representative Hager has served as Chairman of the Palm Beach County United Way Fund Raising Committee, past Vice Chairman of the Board for Boca Raton Community Hospital, and has Co-Chaired major fundraising events for the hospital and for the American Heart and Cancer Societies.

“Often, caregiving youth are the ‘first responders’ when it comes to sick, aged or disabled family members,” said Representative Hager. “They are on the frontline everyday. It’s our responsibility as legislators to unite in recognition and support of their efforts and for Florida to serve as a leader in supporting young caregivers nationwide.”

AACY’s 2nd annual fundraiser, scheduled for February 24, 2011 at the Country Club of Boca Raton has adopted 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, live and silent auctions, a raffle, video presentations, guest speakers, and AACY’s signature “Courage Awards” for caregiving youth who have courageously and candidly participated in media coverage of AACY in furtherance of awareness for the cause.

In keeping with the theme for the event, a number of shoes autographed by nationally recognized, Hall of Fame athletes will be auctioned. A wide range of sponsorship opportunities for the event is available. No gift is considered too small, and donated items for the silent auction and raffle would be greatly appreciated and formally recognized.

2nd Annual AACY Hearts and “Soles” Fundraising Event

Thursday, February 24, 2011

5:30-9:30 PM

Country Club of Boca Raton

6200 Boca Del Mar Drive

Boca Raton, FL 33433

To Donate or to Attend, contact:

Laura Poklemba (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

561-391-7401, or

Summer Faerman

Event Chair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

561-391-7401

For Information About AACY:

Dr. Connie Siskowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

American Association of Caregiving Youth (www.aacy.org)

561-391-7401

Press Contact:

Nelson Barquet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

305-804-0540

About AACY: The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporations that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. AACY is the only organization of its kind in the United States for caregiving youth, a vulnerable and hidden population conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 millions kids. Its mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of dual role youth that are both students and caregivers within their families. AACY strives to address the needs of pre-teens, teens, families, and professionals through education and awareness, research, and direct services in cooperation with social, education, healthcare, government, and community corporations, organizations, and agencies. AACY seeks to utilize existing resources on a local, regional, and national level to effectively promote the valuable role a caregiving youth has within the family, in an aging society and in our health delivery system.

For more information about AACY, go to www.aacy.org, or call 561-391-7401

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Press Release 2010 Holiday Party

 

Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

 

AACY Partners to Fill Holiday Wish Lists for Local Caregiving Youth and Their Families

 

Boca Raton, FL – December 17, 2010 – The American Association of Caregiving Youth – the only national association dedicated to the support of caregiving kids – is partnering with a cadre of non-profit associations, civic-minded private corporations, and private donors to provide nearly every one of the 350 youth caregivers in it’s Boca Raton based model program —The Caregiving Youth Project — with donated gifts this holiday season.  More than 70 families, including 250 family members will be present at the organization’s banner family event, a unique Holiday Gift Shoppe and Dinner being held this coming Monday, December 20th, 2010 at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach at 6:30pm.

 

Caregiving Youth are children who provide care for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members.

 

These kids give so selflessly of themselves year-round,” said Dr. Connie Siskowski, President and Founder of AACY.  It’s only fitting that during the holiday season they should get the chance to be kids — that they get to receive — and that their families get an opportunity to show their appreciation for them as well.

 

In keeping with the spirit of giving, youth caregivers at the unique event will go to a Holiday Gift Shoppe, where they will be allowed to select donated gifts – not for themselves – but instead for two other family members.  Volunteers will be on hand to wrap the gifts for the youngsters.

 

Meanwhile, parents and other family members will be escorted to a separate area where they will be secretly presented with gift bags containing previously requested items and gift cards for family members to present to the kid caregivers and their siblings. During this time younger siblings enjoy creating special cards and crafts.

 

The event will culminate in a lavish holiday feast, a songfest and door prizes.

 

Even youth carers and families who cannot attend will be receiving gifts throughout the week leading up to Christmas Day.  This year’s celebration will be the largest since AACY first began providing gifts to a handful of caregiving youth families in 2006.

 

Organizations providing funds, food, toys, or volunteers for the event include The Spirit of Giving Network, the West Palm Beach Chapter of the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, Stratis Business Systems and AlertSite. Others who are contributing include Benvenuto Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Olive Garden, Publix, Chartwells, Capital Grille, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, ChariTEES, Walmart, as well as a number of private donors.

 

 

 

American Association of Caregiving Youth Holiday Gift Shoppe and Dinner

Monday, December 20th, 2010

6:30 pm

 

Location:

Benvenuto Restaurant

1730 North Federal Highway

Boynton Beach, FL 33435

561-364-0600

 

Press Contacts:

 

American Association of Caregiving Youth

Dr. Connie Siskowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

President and Founder, AACY

561-391-7401, or

 

Nelson Barquet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Media Relations, AACY

305-804-0540

 

The Spirit of Giving Network

Karen Krumholtz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Executive Director

561-385-0144

 

Marine Toys For Tots Foundation (West Palm Beach Chapter)

Gunnery Sergeant David Schumacher

561-683-4443, ext.323

 

Stratis Business Systems

Cindy Deppen

561-447-7111

 

About AACY: The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a Florida based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporations that began serving the greater Boca Raton community in 1998. AACY is the only organization of its kind in the United States for caregiving youth, a vulnerable and hidden population conservatively estimated to exceed 1.4 millions kids.  Its mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of dual role youth that are both students and caregivers within their families. AACY strives to address the needs of pre-teens, teens, families, and professionals through education and awareness, research, and direct services in cooperation with social, education, healthcare, government, and community corporations, organizations, and agencies. AACY seeks to utilize existing resources on a local, regional, and national level to effectively promote the valuable role a caregiving youth has within the family, in an aging society and in our health delivery system.

    For more information about AACY, go to www.aacy.org, or call 561-391-7401

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Geoff Morrell - ABC News

Geoff Morrell of ABC News describes the lives of Francis Arthur and Maggie Ornstein.  Francis is a high-school aged caregiver, and Maggie, now in her twenties, has been a caregiver since high school.  Gail Gibson Hunt of the National Alliance for Caregiving and Professor Saul Becker, University of Birmingham England also appear in the clip. Click on the picture below to view the clip.

 

Link to http://www.aacy.org/images/videos/ABCSeptember_5.wmv

 

 

 

Palm Beach Philantrophy

Palm Beach Philanthropy is headquartered in Palm Beach, FL, the home to more registered 501(c)(3) corporations per capita than anywhere in the world. This site gives you an opportunity to hear from some of the most talented and dedicated people working in philanthropy. We are proud to present their interview of Connie Siskowski. 

 

 

Cynthia Palmieri

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, President of AACY

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, President of AACY from The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) discusses their mission is to recognize, support, and promote the awareness of dual role youth that are both students and caregivers within their families.

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Arizona Public Media | Health | Web Feature: The Invisibles
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Heavy Burden for Young Shoulders - The Naperville Sun

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FAR6010/FM262: Youth Caregivers in the U.S. ? An Overview
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Healing Whole: Youth Caregivers
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Walter Piper: It's weird to see some recognition for child ...
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Florida Recognizes National Family Caregivers Month

We are pleased to announce that Governor Charlie Crist
signed our statewide proclamation in support of Florida's
family caregivers - and for the first time is recognizing
caregiving youth!  Little by little we are making progress
to raise awareness!

proclam2010

November Kicks-Off National Family Caregivers Month

 

Press Release

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:(4 pages)

 

November Kicks-Off National Family Caregivers Month

 

 

Palm Beach County, FL – November 1, 2010 – Family caregivers and a cadre of professional and charitable organizations that support them will be participating in a variety of events throughout November in support and appreciation of National Family Caregivers Month. The activities come on the heels of a Proclamation in support of Family Caregivers Month, signed October 19th, 2010 by Governor Charlie Christ.

 

 

Schedule Of Events:

 

Thursday, November 4, 2010:

 

“Caregiver Appreciation Day”

9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

 

Sponsored by the Palm Beach County Family Caregivers Coalition.  Participants will be treated to free relaxation therapies, makeovers, cooking demonstrations, raffle drawings, gift bags and more.  RSVP by November 2, 2010 to Kim or Marge at (561) 833-6333. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited.

 

Location:

Palm Healthcare Pavilion

5205 Greenwood Ave.

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

 

Press Contact:

Judith Brustad

Palm Healthcare Foundation

(561) 840-4222 x101

 

 

Cont.

 

 

Monday, November 15, 2010:

 

“Caregiver Appreciation Day”

Registration: 9 AM: Program runs from 9:50 AM to 2:30 PM

 

Presented by the Memory Disorder Centers — St. Mary’s Medical Center and the MorseLife Foundation. Featuring Dr. Walter Martinez, with the focus on “Caring for Your Mind, Body and Spirit”. Activities include breakfast, luncheon and door prizes. RSVP by November 10, 2010.

 

Location:

MorseLife at the

Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus

4847 Fred Gladstone Drive

West Palm Beach, FL 33417

For more information contact:

Jackie Miller,

561-882-6363

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010:

 

PRESENTATION BY THE PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION OF A PROCLAMATION IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH

9:30 AM

 

At the Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Steven Abrams (District 4) will present the proclamation to Dr. Connie Siskowski, President and Founder of the American Association of Caregiving Youth and Judith Brustad, Director of Pavilion Programs at Palm Healthcare Foundation.  Joining Dr. Siskowski and Ms. Brustad will be local youth caregivers — and adult plus senior caregivers.

 

Location:

Palm Beach County Commission Chambers

301 N. Olive Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

Press Contacts:

Dr. Connie Siskowski (connie @aacy.org)

American Association of Caregiving Youth (www.aacy.org)

Florida Representative National Family Caregivers Association

561-391-7401, or

 

Judith Brustad

Palm Healthcare Foundation

(561) 840-4222 x101

 

 

Cont.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010:

 

“ALL ABOUT CAREGIVING” INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR

10:00 AM

As part of Alzheimer’s Association Week (November 15-19), The Volen Center will be holding an informational seminar entitled “All About Caregiving” presented by David Levy, where participants can learn about Alzheimer’ disease and support those who are impacted by the disease. 

 

Location

The Volen Center

1515 West Palmetto Park Road

Boca Raton, FL 33486

For more information contact:

Hanna Klinsberg,

561-395-8920

www.maevolen.com

 

 

 

More About National Family Caregivers Month:

 

Chronology:

 

1994 - The National Family Caregivers Association launched the first ever celebration of family caregiving declaring National Family Caregivers Week.

1997 - President Clinton signs the first proclamation in support of National Family Caregivers Week. NFC Month has been proclaimed by an American President annually ever since. Many states, and dozens of local municipalities have proclaimed November, NFC Month.

2000 – President Clinton establishes The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), providing grants to States and Territories, based on their share of the population aged 70 and over, to fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.

The National Family Caregivers Association coordinates National Family Caregivers Month as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:

·        Raise awareness of family caregiver issues

·        Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers

·        Educate family caregivers about self-identification

  • Increase support for family caregivers

Cont.

More about Family Caregivers:

 

65 million — Approximate number of Americans who care for chronically ill, injured, elderly or disabled loved ones (more than 29% of the U.S. population); more than 1.4 million are youth caregivers.  In Palm Beach County alone, estimates of the youth caregiving population exceed 10,000 children.

$354 million—Estimated economic value of informal caregiving annually in the U.S. (2009).

1.3 million — Number of Floridians age 65 or older suffering from at least one form of disability, including more than 523,000 probable cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

23.6% — Percent of Florida residents age 60 or older.  That number is expected to rise swiftly as members of the Baby Boomer generation reach this age group.

No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipients’ medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment regimen; and they understand best the dietary and exercise regimen.

Families are the major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that caregiving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Many caregivers who work and provide care experience conflicts between these responsibilities. The same is true of youth caregivers in school. Almost half of all caregivers are over age 50, making them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health, and one-third describe their own health as fair to poor.  For more on the impact felt by caregivers and economic trends in informal caregiving see http://www.aacy.org/publications/profile.pdf.

 

 

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