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Celebrate the Month of May!

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Spring has finally arrived and with it a month full of Welcome Celebrations. On May 14, we join all our family and friends as we honor Mothers and thank them for their endless love, care and support. A Mother’s love has no limits and she is often our greatest fan. Thank you to Mother’s everywhere! We continue the celebration on May 15, as we begin our 23rd year proudly serving Mother’s (and loved ones) in the Washington, DC area. For these last 22 years, we have provided home care to support your family member to live independently if possible. The CarePlus mission…

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Independent Living is not “Foolproof”

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Independent Living means freedom. The freedom to make choices and set one’s own schedule– prepare meals, shop at the grocery store, grab an ice cream cone, pay bills—truly get up and go anywhere at any time. While total independence is ideal, older adults may struggle keeping up with day to day tasks. When this happens, it is a good time to consider how additional support can provide assistance for those forgotten chores.  Additional support can provide the older adult an opportunity to continue to live independently with minimal and appropriate assistance. As health needs can change unpredictably, it is always…

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“You Are What You Eat”

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Thank you to our guest blogger, Health Coach Kailee, for sharing some Nutrition Tips for National Nutrition Month. Did you know that 68% of all diseases in the United States are diet related? This famous phrase “You are what you eat” has caught the attention of many people and made us start taking a look at what we eat on a daily basis. Giving your body the right nutrients every day and maintaining a healthy weight can help you lead a healthier and happier life. Here are my top 4 tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Eat a protein-packed breakfast…

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Heart Health Month, Feel the Love…

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Heart Health February is recognized nationwide as Heart Health month. An important reminder to continue, refresh or start healthy habits for a life time, habits that will contribute to our wellbeing and healthy aging. Good heart health starts with eating less saturated fat, less processed foods and less salty snacks. February is a great month to replace some of those choices with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition to eating healthy, there are other habits that are recommended by the CDC: Preventing Heart Disease: Health Living Habits Eat a well-balanced diet for good health Increase your physical activity (varies…

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August- Home Care for Wounded Veterans and Luke’s Wings

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We understand the difficulty that veterans and their families face when trying to manage disabilities caused by combat. Here at CarePlus, we value every one of our veteran clients and work hard to provide the level of home care that makes their lives and their loved one’s lives easier. With our customized home and nursing care, along with senior and independent living, we can assist veterans and purple heart recipients with top level home care that takes place in the comfort of their own home. How Home Care Can Help CarePlus is well known for their exceptional and professional home…

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July- Juvenile Arthritis Month

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Arthritis is not something only seniors deal with. Juvenile arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the United States and can cause a series of discomforts affecting the eyes, skin, muscles, joints, the musculoskeletal system and even the gastrointestinal tract. Juvenile arthritis is known as a pediatric rheumatic disease that describes various types of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can affect children under 16 years of age. The cause of juvenile arthritis is still undetermined, but thought to be related to a genetic predisposition that is triggered by other factors. Once a diagnosis is received, treatment can begin. “The National…

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June- Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia and “…accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.” [1] Alzheimer’s is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills which often leads to the inability to carry out daily tasks. Alzheimer’s disease can range from mild to severe and generally tends to worsen over time. To this day there is no known cure, but you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline by engaging in healthy lifestyle habits. What lifestyle habits are needed to prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Not smoking, stimulating your brain and continually learning, engaging…

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May- Stroke Awareness Month

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May is stroke awareness month. Every year around 800,000 people experience a stroke. This leads to someone dying every 4 minutes. “It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.” [1] The sad thing about this statistic is that up to 80 percent of strokes can easily be prevented. How can you prevent this from happening to you or a loved one? Let us first take a look at what a stroke is. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a certain area in the brain is cut off. Since oxygen…

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April: Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder caused by low dopamine in the brain. This progressive disease destroys nerve cells that produce dopamine making it harder for the brain to send signals to muscles throughout the body. This often results in shaking, difficulty walking, swallowing and coordination. Although there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are multiple treatment options. “Since motor symptoms of PD are caused by decreased dopamine levels in the brain, most medications are aimed at replenishing or mimicking the action of dopamine, and can be very effective in controlling the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Other…

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March- Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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The cause of this disabling neurological disease is still unknown, but many doctors believe people with this disease have a genetic predisposition. The majority of patients diagnosed with this disease are women and aged 20-50 years old. Common symptoms include fatigue, tingling and numbness, vertigo and dizziness, muscle weakness, and problems with balance. “More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide. Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases, and because symptoms can be completely invisible, the prevalence of MS in the U.S. can only be estimated.” [1]…

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