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Caregiving Youth Advocacy & Education Event | Charlottesville, VA

Press Alert [May 31, 2024]: American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) Charlottesville, VA – Monticello High School in Charlottesville, VA, recently hosted an event addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by Caregiving Youth. This event featured distinguished speakers: Dr. Richard Lindsay, a member of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) National Advisory Council; Dr. Rhonda Zingraff, former Associate Dean at James Madison University; and Andrew (A.J.) Poole, a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech, advocate, and former caregiver.

Event Highlights:

Dr. Richard Lindsay presented detailed data on Caregiving Youth, highlighting the successes of AACY and the Caregiving Youth Project. He provided an overview of the issues faced by Caregiving Youth and emphasized the critical need for increased support.

Dr. Rhonda Zingraff discussed the social factors affecting Caregiving Youth, highlighting the importance of addressing these issues at multiple levels to foster a supportive environment for young caregivers.

A.J. Poole shared his personal experiences as a former Caregiving Youth, covering the impact of caregiving on his schoolwork, health, sports, and other activities. Poole emphasized the significant role AACY plays in providing recognition, support, and resources.

The event, organized by Mr. Dove and his High School Honors Science class, was a valuable opportunity for students interested in healthcare careers to learn about the unique challenges faced by Caregiving Youth and the importance of support systems in their lives. It underscored the need for ongoing advocacy and resource development in the United States to ensure young caregivers receive the assistance they deserve.

About Dr. Richard Lindsay:

Richard “Dick” Lindsay, M.D., J.D., is a key advocate on the AACY National Advisory Council, dedicated to raising awareness about Caregiving Youth. With a background as a physician, lawyer, and professor, Dr. Lindsay continues to contribute significantly to health and aging-related initiatives. He is Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at the UVA Health Sciences Center and the founder of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UVA. Dr. Lindsay has also represented Virginia at three White House Conferences on Aging.

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For more information about the event or to schedule interviews with the speakers, please get in touch with AACY.