Shining a Light on Young Caregivers
The American Society on Aging published the following article3 about the American Association of Caregiving Youth:
America's Only Youth Caregiving Group
Illumines a Silent Epidemic
By ASA Staff
It wasn’t until a therapist asked Connie Siskowski about her experience as a young caregiver to her beloved grandfather—if she thought it was normal thing for a kid to do—that Siskowski realized it wasn’t.
Early one morning, when she went to give her grandfather his medication, she found his lifeless body. Siskowski was only 13 years old.
She recalls that night like it was yesterday. Back then there was no recognition of a child’s grief, or of the caregiving role, so it has become Siskowski’s calling as president and founder of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) to help young caregivers. Her group, founded in 1998, evolved into the first and only program that identifies and supports caregiving youth in the United States.