GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 33

The American Association
of Caregiving Youth is the first
and only U.S. organization that
identifies and supports children
who are responsible for
the care of their ill, injured,
elderly or disabled family members.
AACY was founded by
Dr. Connie Siskowski, a former
youth caregiver and grandparent
who went back to school to
earn her doctorate.
AACY’s local effort, the Care-
giving Youth Project, works
with middle and high school
youth caregivers. Among its
services are skill building and
therapeutic groups; educational
and recreational (respite)
activities; family evaluation
home visits; health education
and stress management
classes; and most importantly,
the opportunity to connect
with caregiving peers who
understand.
The youth served by the
Caregiving Youth Project consistently
state that joining with
peers who share this experience
has changed their lives.
They no longer feel alone and
have a safe place to express
their feelings. A 10th grader
who cares for her blind grandfather
says, “Sometimes I get
angry that I have to stay home
to be with my grandfather
when I’d rather be out with my
friends.”
Fun activities allow caregiv-
ing youth to act their age. At a
recent beach party picnic, a 9th
grader stated, “I wish every
day was like this day.”
Meet our caregiving kids
About a third of our kids care for a grandparent,
another third for a parent, 18 percent
for a disabled sibling, and the rest for
other relatives and extended family. Forty
percent care for more than one person
(e.g., Keith cares for his mom and for his
dad, who is blind and diabetic).
For more information or to support a
youth caregiver, please visit AACY.org or
call 1-800-725-2512.
Kassie
feeding
Joshua
Cristy Hom,
LCSW, is
Director of
Continuing
Care, Caregiving
Youth
Project of
AACY.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011

GRAND - May/June 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
Rational Grandkids? Yes!
Bragging Rights
Cover Story: A Force For Good
Charlie & Gaytha Hillman: Grand Entrepreneurs
Improving Medicare
Grand Products
Growing Old vs. Growing Up
Too Old For Sex?
Kids as Caregivers
My Way or the Highway
Kinship Care
Find Fun Things To Do
Straight Talk on Disabilities
Look for the Moon in the Morning
Toys ’n Tech
Grand Finale
Op-Ed: Is Sex Forever?
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - intro
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - GRAND - May/June 2011
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 2
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 3
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Treasure Hunt
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Table of Contents
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand View
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 7
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Central
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 9
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 10
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 11
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Rational Grandkids? Yes!
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 13
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Bragging Rights
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 15
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 16
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 17
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 18
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Cover Story: A Force For Good
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 20
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 21
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Charlie & Gaytha Hillman: Grand Entrepreneurs
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 23
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Improving Medicare
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 25
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Products
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 27
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Growing Old vs. Growing Up
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 29
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Too Old For Sex?
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 31
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Kids as Caregivers
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 33
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 34
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 35
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - My Way or the Highway
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 37
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 38
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 39
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 40
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Find Fun Things To Do
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Straight Talk on Disabilities
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 43
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Look for the Moon in the Morning
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 45
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Toys ’n Tech
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 47
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Grand Finale
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 49
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - Op-Ed: Is Sex Forever?
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 51
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2011 - 52
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