Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD has a broad background in health care and a dedication to diminishing caregiving ramifications for family caregivers of all ages. Her passion led to the establishment of a nonprofit that evolved from supporting homebound adults and caregiving families to become the American Association for Caregiving Youth.

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The term family caregiver is often used to describe a member of the baby boomer generation, but there's another growing demographic of care providers who are supporting their loved ones—school-aged children.

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Busy adult caregivers may unintentionally place caregiving responsibilities on the shoulders of children who are unprepared to handle them.

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Have you seen the commercial that says, "When you are worried about things at home, it's impossible to think about anything else?" This is especially true for school-aged family caregivers.

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So little research has been done on how many young people (18 and under) take care of elderly relatives that not much has been done to help this vulnerable population.

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The duties of caring for an aging adult are often shared by multiple family members. We need to start recognizing not just the primary caregiver, but also the other family members who are sometimes "invisible" to the outside world.

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Bryan's caregiving duties were so distracting that he accidentally set the house on fire while cooking dinner one day. Learn how he survived his middle and high school years while caring for his ill parents.

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Finding and accessing respite care resources can be especially challenging for younger caregivers who are still in school.

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Just because a person doesn't look "sick" doesn't mean they aren't suffering from an invisible illness.

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A 13-year-old caregiver wrote an essay for school about her father with Parkinson's disease that will amaze and inspire caregivers of all ages.

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I recently received an email that perfectly encapsulates the challenges that can happen when teenagers become caregivers.

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The question for all family caregivers and especially caregiving youth: What promise will you make and keep this year? What can you do differently that is fulfilling and healthy for you?

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Billy, a seventh grade student sits in his class wondering if his father remembered to take his medicine. He also wonders whether he should skip school tomorrow to take care of his dad.

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Activating this simple function on your smartphone can help save you or your loved one's life in an emergency.

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Isolation is an unfortunately common side effect of being a family caregiver. Youth caregivers are especially vulnerable to feeling like they are all alone in their struggle. But there are ways these caregivers can connect with and support each other

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Family caregivers have to deal with a variety of different emotions. Both child and adult caregivers may move between positive and painful emotions as they progress along their caregiving journey.

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Working with caregiving youth constantly teaches me lessons about what's really important in life, like how a blanket can be so much more than something that keeps you warm at night.