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American Academy of Pediatrics Editorial


Eleven-year-old Deborah Brown lined up 12 pills. It was a potent mix of medications, including seco barbital, phenobarbital and meth
aqualone. Even a small mistake in dosing could be fatal. Th pills were for Deborah’s mother to be taken every six hours to ease the pain of aggressively metastasizing cancer.
Deborah frequently cut school to make sure her mother was all right. One day, she found her passed out and bleeding. “The day I found my mother in the bathtub, I thought I had killed her,” Deborah said.  But her mother had a pulse, and Deborah helped her into bed.

Despite the trauma, Deborah continued to help care for her mother, in addition to cooking, cleaning and minding two younger brothers.

Deborah was 12 when her mother died. Her father took on extra hours at work to pay the medical bills, so she continued to run her family’s household.

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Personal Health Supporting Children Who Serve as Caregivers

Supporting Children Who Serve as Caregivers
By: Jane E. Brody , New York Times
Personal Health May 23, 2016 6:31 am
Photo Credit Paul Rogers 
More than a million children as young as 8 are serving as caregivers to family members.


Community Hero: Connie Siskowski

The mission of The MY HERO Project is to use media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity.

MY HERO empowers people of all ages to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world.

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American Heart Association's "Caregiver Kids"

 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.

Read the rest of the Heart Insight article here.

America's Promise Alliance


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.

Balancing Hip Hop and Caregiving- A Young Carer Raps His Story

We are very pleased to announce the launch of  The CareGiverProject YouTube channel featuring an amazing performance by critically acclaimed rap artist, Tricky P.   'Lucky' The Young Carer Rap video  highlights the important research conducted by the Vanier Institute of the Family on Young Carers. 

When we think of people providing care to adults and seniors, we tend to picture an older family  member.  Yet researchers have found that approximately 12% of young Canadians aged 12-17 are 'young carers'.  These children are caring for a family member who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse.    Carers don't choose to become carers: it just happens and they have to get on with it; if they did not do it, who would and what would happen to the person they care for?
Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Children as young as six years of age are assisting parents, siblings and grandparents in ways that exceed what is typically expected.

The  research and video is intended
to bring awareness of young carers to other youth, organizations, companies and individuals alike who can acknowledge, appreciate and support their unrecognized contribution and challenges. By heightening public awareness, it is hoped that in addition to recognition, additional funding, support and resources will be made available to young carers from coast to coast.

This engaging and heartfelt
rap video is produced by Audrey Miller
Sid Lieberman and J. Frank.     Lyrics and performance by Tricky P.  and original music composed and produced by J. Frank.

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The CareGiverProject is a web-based public education initiative committed to increasing awareness of aging, family and caregiver issues that impact the lives of Canadians from coast to coast. The Project focus is on the development of social media tools and videos for YouTube that provide support and education to individuals, families, carers and their care recipients and to organizations doing work in this field.  To learn more about the Project or to partner in the production of a video, contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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