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posted: October 25, 2007

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Timely Tip: Kid Caregiver Resources

It’s tough enough just growing up, let alone dealing with elder-caregiving stresses and strains. Yet that’s exactly what about 1.4 million children between the ages of 8 and 18 do every day. These youngsters act as caregivers for the elderly in their families.

The nature of children as caregivers demands special care for these growing souls. These programs can help children who become caregivers:

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
This UK organization provides a variety of services through its website. Chat rooms allow young caregivers to connect with other child caregivers and caregiving experts, to vent and to get advice and information about resources that can help them.

National MS Society
In the US, the National MS Society has been a leader in recognizing and implementing support systems for families and young caregivers. Keep S’myelin, the Society’s online newsletter, is written for children, but helps both parents and children talk about the disease. The MS Society also provides support through family meetings and financial help for families in need.

American Association of Caregiving Youth
Supports and promotes the awareness of youth who are both students and family caregivers. AACY raises awareness through education, research and direct services in cooperation with social, education, healthcare, government and community corporations, organizations and agencies.
Get the full story on children who are elder-caregivers in When Kids Become Caregivers, a feature article in the October 2007 edition of Caregiver’s Home Companion.

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