All posts by Kira Tewalt, Founder, Manager

About Kira Tewalt, Founder, Manager

Philia is founded and managed by Kira Tewalt. As a working mom, Kira understands the delicate balance between attending to the needs of her family and a demanding job. She knows that many people also have the added burden of caring for their parents. Kira founded Philia to help this sandwiched generation and because she loves the authenticity of children and seniors. They are her true passion. Philia was founded to holistically care for our most vulnerable citizens – children and seniors. We do this by focusing on the entire persons needs – not just their physical needs. For children, this means placing a nanny who has an in-depth understanding of childhood development to help the child with social, emotional and physical development skills to increase their confidence. For Seniors, this means planning activities that go beyond helping them with activities of daily living. The activities will facilitate their emotional and psycho-social wellbeing as well. Kira has a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Systems Engineering from George Washington University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, 2 children, dog and 2 cats, and enjoys spending time with her family and running through woods with her dog.

Seasonal Activities

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Go veggie/fruit hunting on Sunday’s at Dupont Circle’s FRESHFARM Market. You can pick from 30 farmers offering items which include fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish and baked goods. Explore your taste buds by tasting different samples. Market hours are 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. April through December and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. January through March.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bethesda, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

Genetic Pathways to Healthy Aging

Home Care in Arlington VA

Anti-aging is a new era phenomenon that is has become a central topic of discussion as it relates to aging populations. However, considering Home-Care-in-Arlington-VAthe culmination of factors that contribute to aging including stress, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles this topic can be relevant to people in various stages of development. Many articles and books highlight some of the detrimental factors that expedite the aging process but do not provide a comprehensive understanding of how this occurs scientifically. In other words, what is the scientific basis for the “aging”? Moreover, how do we reverse the clock on the process at the biological level? This article will discuss the process of aging at the biological level and some anti-aging tactics that can be used by caregivers to directly slow down the process.

Aging is a natural process that occurs throughout one’s life. However, there are different factors that can speed up this process and cause rapid health declines. These factors include sedentary lifestyles, poor diet, and stress. At the cellular level, our DNA is designed with protective fibers at the tips that hold them together known as telomeres. Telomeres enable our DNA to replicate efficiently. However, over time these fibers unravel or become shortened due to stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Once telomeres unravel or shorten DNA are not able to properly replicate leading to vast health declines in the human body including decreased muscle mass, damaged memory cells, wrinkles, weak immune system, weight gain and gray hair. Health declines can impact emotional, physical and social well-being. Although, aging is a natural part of the process of development there are various lifestyle changes that can be made to prevent speedy declines. Overall, our lifestyle can play a pivotal role in whether aging occurs at a natural versus abnormal pace.

In a world in which healthy living can be challenging due to fast pace industrious approaches, high stress, and financial pressures, caregivers are tasked with facilitating healthy ways of being with whom they work. Promoting healthy diet, movement and de-stressing tactics are essential to providing holistic care that accomplishes healthy aging. What are some ways to facilitate healthy ways of being? Firstly, a healthy diet is imperative. The coined phrase “we are what we eat” is accurate in capturing the importance of consuming foods that promote vitality. Research shows that eating more plant-based foods can help lengthen telomeres. Over time, our cardiovascular health declines due to blockage caused by fat/plaque deposits resulting in poor circulation to the heart, brain, and extremities. Regular engagement in cardiovascular exercise helps increase blood flow through the body enabling good nutrition to reach tissues that need it the most. Research also shows that regular exercise increases bone density, which commonly declines as we age. Finally, maintaining mental health is essential in the process of anti-ageing. Aging brings about many life transitions that can be overwhelming and emotionally disturbing to the aging population. The stress associated with aging and everyday life can impact both physical and mental health. Quality care recognizes the need to address these challenges and implement ways to keep the detrimental effects at bay. Regular engagement in mindful meditation, prayer, nature, and even laughter has been shown to lengthen telomeres. Implementing these tactics in caregiving provides a more holistic care that treats the whole person and facilitates healthy aging. It is essential that caregivers recognize that health is a fluid and is related to how we care for our “whole selves.”


Tips for Providing Anti-Aging Care

  • Incorporate more plant-based foods into a client’s dietary plan. Review a vegetable chart and learn about the client’s favorite veggies and create new recipes to incorporate them in meals.
  • In cases a person is completely aversive to fruits/vegetables learn delicious smoothie recipes that make them seem more appetizing.
  • Educate seniors on ways nutrients from vegetables work in the body and reverse aging.
  • Create fun exercises tailored to the person’s unique ability and interest. Don’t push clients into “overdoing it”.
  • Engage or encourage clients in activities that are distressing (i.e. nature walks, meditation, deep breathing, yoga).
  • Incorporate humor into your work with clients. Find funny jokes online and create a “joke of the day” tradition.
  • Provide clients a space to ventilate and talk about their difficulties/frustration.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Arlington, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

Arts and Crafts

Home Care in Washington D.C.


St. Patrick’s Day Wreath     

This craft is fun for older children (and adults!) – Age 6+.  There are quite a few steps that younger kids (Age 2+) can help with, but they won’t able to do the craft independently.  This is a good family project!


Wire coat hanger
14 to 16 tp rolls
Optional:  Saint Patrick’s Day color paint like shades of green or colors of the rainbow (we used shades of green)
construction paper (you could also use craft foam or white paper if you’re using our templates)


ADULT:  Take each toilet roll and cut a slit HALFWAY through.
Optional:  Paint toilet paper rolls a saint Patrick’s day color.  You can see from the finished craft that not too much shows through, but my kids have fun painting, so we painted them all shades of green.
Let dry.

ADULT:  Bend the coat hanger to form a circle.
Using the slits cut halfway through the rolls, slide each of your tp rolls onto the hanger to form a big circle of tp rolls.

Optional:  Take a bit of masking or scotch tape and tape the tp rolls together.  (tape the openings of the tp rolls on the inside of the circle together).  This will keep the rolls from spinning around while you’re working.  If you decide not to do this, the paper shamrocks and rainbows will keep everything from spinning on the finished craft.

You can either print the templates below and cut them out or do what we did:
Fold a piece of green construction paper into 4.  Trace a shamrock onto the front of the folded paper and cut out (that way one cut/trace makes 4 shamrocks).  Repeat so you have 8 shamrocks.
Fold a piece of red construction paper into 4.  Trace a large circle onto the front of the folded paper and cut out (giving you 4 circles).  Repeat with yellow construction paper, only make a smaller circle — then green, then blue.  Glue the circles together (red, yellow, green, blue) and then cut in half.  You’ll have 8 rainbows!
One person can be doing this part while another is assembling the tp roll wreath base.  This works well if you have crafters of different ages (the base is more difficult than cutting out hearts).
Tie a bow on the top if you want to.

If you’re like me, right now you’re envisioning all the different types of wreathes you could make this way… Halloween with jack’o’lanterns, ghosts and bats, Christmas with holly leaves and berries, Autumn with leaves, etc, etc.  I’m sure you’ll see templates/instructions for various wreaths made along these basic lines pop up on the site over the next year or two!


Leprechaun Hat Cookies


Recipe:  From Betty Crocker


1-pouch Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix

½ cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg

1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting

¼ teaspoon Betty Crocker™ green gel food color

24 large marshmallows

24 small (1-inch) chewy chocolate candies

12 small green gumdrops



  • Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. Roll dough in 24 (1-inch) balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately place marshmallow on each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • In microwavable bowl, microwave frosting on High 30 seconds. Stir; frosting should be a thick spoonable glaze. Stir food color into frosting, adding more if needed to achieve desired color. Spoon warm frosting over each cookie, coating completely and allowing excess to drip off. Let stand 20 minutes to set.
  • Roll chocolate candies into ropes. Flatten with rolling pin into 1/8-inch-thick ribbons. Cut into strips with scissors to resemble hat bands; arrange around base of marshmallow on each cookie. Cut gumdrops crosswise in half (reshaping as needed). Press cut side onto hat band. Lift cookies onto serving platter with pancake turner, leaving excess frosting behind. Store in airtight container.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Washington D.C., please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

What Should You Look for in a Personal Alarm System for Your Elderly Loved One?

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There are so many different personal alarm systems out there that you might find yourself overwhelmed when you first start to look at them. Caregiver-in-Potomac-MDAs your loved one’s family caregiver, having an alarm that she can wear can give you an incredible amount of peace of mind. Here are some tips for what to look for in a personal alarm for your elderly loved one.

A Simple Setup

If the personal alarm system that you’re considering is complicated, your elderly loved one is not going to want to use it. In fact, she may even avoid using it completely, which defeats the purpose of finding one at all. There should be very few buttons and settings so that you and your elderly loved one can each make changes as necessary.

A Battery Backup

A personal alarm system that runs on electricity only is useful only if the power is on. Should a power outage hit, then suddenly your elderly loved one’s entire personal alarm system is not functional at all. That’s why you need to look for a battery backup built into the system. Not only should there be a battery backup, but the life on the battery should last for a long time without needing replacing or charging.

The System Should Be Comfortable

The next feature to watch for is that the system should be lightweight and comfortable. If the personal alarm system is difficult for your loved one to wear, she’s going to look for excuses not to wear it. You may find that she starts taking off the pendant or the wristband and leaving them in random locations. The easier they are to wear, the less likely they’ll be to irritate her.

Waterproof Is Versatile

Once you get past comfort, the next problem is that the devices used in the personal alarm system need to be waterproof. If they’re not, this gives your loved one an excuse and an opportunity to remove the pendant or the wristband and to forget to put them on again. And if she’s not wearing them, they’re definitely not going to help.

Cameras and Other Extras

Some systems have extras beyond a wearable alarm system for your loved one. Some have cameras that you can use to check on your elderly loved one even when you can’t be there. Others may include fall detection sensors. These use motion detectors to determine if your loved one has fallen and can’t press her alarm on her own.

Once you find a system that you and your loved one both like, give it a test run to ensure it’s the right fit.


If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Potomac, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.


5 Ways to Help Prevent Falls Outside Your Elderly Loved One’s Home

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It’s dangerous enough for your elderly loved one to fall inside her home, but taking a fall outside her home can leave her exposed to the elements while she’s injured. Try following some of these suggestions.Senior-Care-in-Chevy-Chase-MD

Remove Leaves, Ice, and Snow as Quickly as Possible

Any types of obstacles are dangerous for your elderly loved one. But hoses and other lawn implements are usually a more obvious obstacle than natural ones are. Whether they’re wet or dry, leaves can slip right out from under your elderly loved one’s feet. Ice and snow are just as dangerous and should be cleared from walkways as quickly as you can manage it.

Give Your Loved One Plenty of Time to Walk from the House to the Car

When it’s time to go somewhere or when you’re just getting home, allow your loved one plenty of time to get between the house and the car. Feeling even a little bit rushed can cause your loved one to pick the wrong next step, which could lead to a fall. Instead, factor in plenty of time for all types of travel, especially by foot.

Offer Your Loved One a Steady Hand or Encourage Her to Use a Walker

While your loved one is walking outside, offer her a hand or arm to help steady her. Your loved one may feel more secure that way. If she’s loathe to accept even that much help, another option is to encourage her to use a walker or a cane when she’s walking outside. Both can help to steady her in the event that she encounters an obstacle.

Use a Cart or Rolling Walker to Carry Items

If your elderly loved one frequently carries items with her from the house to the car and vice versa, it’s a good idea to set up a system to keep her hands free. Using a cart or even a rolling walker allows your loved one to keep her hands free and she’ll be more likely to concentrate on her footing.

Install Automatic Lights Outside

Automatic lighting is a great tool for your loved one because she doesn’t have to worry about remembering to turn on the lights before she comes outside. Since they’re on an automatic sensor, they turn on as soon as she’s within range of the sensor. Having bright lighting available allows her to spot any obstacles before they trip her up.

Ask your loved one’s senior care providers to help you determine what other potential issues are a specific fall risk for your elderly loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Chevy Chase, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

February is National Bird Feeding Month!

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Bird feeding is a favored pastime stretching back to ancient times. A peaceful, easy hobby that almost anyone can enjoy, it’s the perfect type of outdoor activity for elders and their caregivers. Celebrate this February during National Bird Feeding Month with these fun and simple Elder-Care-in-Silver-Spring-MDactivities!


Homemade Bird Feeders

Pinecone Feeder

One of the easiest and most memorable of these is the pinecone feeder. This is made by tying a string around a pinecone, coating it in peanut butter or vegetable shortening, rolling it in bird seed, then hanging it from a tree outside. That’s all there is to it!

Cookie Cutter Feeder

Another simple homemade feeder is the Cookie Cutter Feeder. All you need for this one is two packets of plain gelatin, water, 2 cups birdseed, wax paper, straws, and, of course, cookie cutters! The gelatin should be mixed with the water and stirred in a pot over heat until simmering and fully dissolved. (Depending on the mobility of your senior this part might best be done by a family caregiver.) Next the gelatin can be poured over the birdseed in a mixing bowl and mixed together completely.

After mixing, place the wax paper over a cookie sheet, then spread out the gelatin and seed mixture and press it down tightly, making sure it’s as smoothed out as possible. Next, press in your cookie cutters, but don’t take them out just yet. Press in the straws where you want to punch out the hole for a ribbon or sting hanger, but also leave them pressed in. Let the whole thing dry overnight before removing the cutters and straws. Finally your feeders are ready to hang up!

Hummingbird Feeding Tips

As time goes on, we’ve discovered newer, better ways to feed our wild feathered friends. One of these new techniques is for fans of hummingbirds. For those who don’t know, hummingbirds prefer sugary nectar over seeds. Traditional hummingbird feeders were usually filled with some sweetened water that was occasionally dyed red. However, the bird experts at the Audubon Society have come up with some new tips for the ideal hummingbird feeding experience.

  • Hummingbird nectar should be made with ¼ cup refined white sugar, 1 cup boiling water, and absolutely ZERO dyes.
  • Refined white sugar is key. Organic or raw sugars contain too much iron and honey encourages growth of dangerous fungi.
  • Contrary to old beliefs, red dye does nothing to attract the birds and can actually be a chemical hazard.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Silver Spring, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.



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Valentine’s Day Arts and Crafts Projects

Home Care in Fairfax VA

For your Valentine, backpack or a necklace, these cute little hearts are so easy to do, you may not be able to stop the kids from making them! Home-Care-in-Fairfax-VASupplies are inexpensive and this project will keep the kids busy with minimal mess.

Age 3 and up (This project is rated VERY EASY to do. However, parental supervision is recommended with the wire cutters.)


What you need

This will make one heart:

  • 12-inch red or white chenille stems
  • Colorful translucent tri-beads (non-translucent beads may be used)
  • Wire cutters (a good pair of scissors will work as well)
  • Keychain (optional)
  • Craft lace (optional)


What you do

  1. Cut the chenille stem in half. (Note: Save the other half for another project)
  2. Bend one end of the chenille stem into an “L” (about one-and-a-half inch). (Note: This keeps the beads from falling off when the child puts them on the chenille stem.)
  3. Thread beads onto chenille stem until there is about one-and-a-half inch of the stem left showing.
  4. Bend the other end of the chenille stem into an “L” shape.
  5. Twist the two “L” shapes together. Clip off any extra wire. Be sure to bend in any sharp edges.
  6. Bend into a heart shape.
  7. Add to a ribbon for a necklace, a key ring for a backpack or attach to a Valentine.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Fairfax, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

How Can You Work to Be More Compassionate Toward Your Elderly Loved One?

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Being more compassionate toward your elderly loved one and her needs may not be all that difficult for you as her caregiver. But when you Home-Care-in-Fairfax-VAlook at smaller issues, such as housekeeping tasks, you may find that you’re not feeling as compassionate as you want to be feeling.

Be Less Demanding of Your Loved One and Yourself

For a long time, probably your entire life, you’ve formulated a series of expectations for your elderly loved one and possibly for yourself. As your loved one ages, however, it can be far more difficult for her to live up to her own expectations, much less yours. What can really help both of you is for you to let go of some of those expectations and work at being less demanding of both you and your elderly loved one.

Don’t Make a Huge Fuss over Smaller Issues

Say your elderly loved one isn’t as tidy in the kitchen as she used to be. You have a choice here. You can make a big deal over the situation and insist that she focus on cleaning up after herself more or you can clean up afterwards and not make a huge fuss over the issue. This can have a lot to do with your own expectations, as well.

Practice Tolerance

As you’re lowering both your expectations and your elderly loved one’s expectations, you’re likely to start realizing that you’re becoming more tolerant. Embrace that tolerance and allow it to grow. You’ll find that you’re judging yourself and others around you much less harshly.

Ask Yourself How Important the Issue Really Is

Before you react to a particular situation, ask yourself how important it really is. If there are a few crumbs on the kitchen counter for a few minutes, does that really create a big problem? Chances are that you can let it slide for a little while. If having things like that resolved quickly is a larger issue for you, then take steps to make sure that they’re handled as soon as possible. Bring in home care providers to help deal with household tasks or set up a system with other family members.

As you assess what’s truly important and what isn’t, you’ll find yourself naturally able to offer your elderly loved one more and more compassion.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Fairfax, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

Events for Valentine’s Day in the DC, MD, and MD Areas

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Love is in the air — and at places all around DC over the next couple of weeks! Events and activities that celebrate Valentine’s Day range from Home-Care-in-Great-Fall-VAarts & crafts to Lego fun to horse drawn carriage rides to cooking classes to dance parties to a chocolate festival, all of them sure to be especially sweet. Here are details on where you and the kids can feel the love.


Sweet Valentine: Tour and Workshop

Where: Tudor House
When: February 6, 1:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15/members, $25/non-members ($5/adult)
Celebrate sweet Valentine’s Day traditions! Children ages 6 and up will tour the historic mansion, learning about how food was made and enjoyed at Tudor Place over the last 200 years. Then, they’ll decorate two decadent chocolate Valentines to give special family members or friends. Parents/caregivers remain with children.



Valentine’s Mailbox

Where: Home Depot
When: February 6, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free
Join this hands-on workshop and build a wooden Valentines mailbox to hold all your valentine cards from your favorite friends. After the mailbox is built, kids can personalize it with paint. Along with their craft, all partcipants receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Register here.



Valentine Maker’s Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: February 6, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free
Shop a Valentine’s Maker’s Market and enjoy Annmarie’s amazing art offerings for free. This special market kicks off the season of supporting local artists and vendors — a variety of wonderful handmade, homemade, and homegrown items will be for sale, including jewelry, drawings, paintings, fiber products, and glasswork. Be sure to stroll the gorgeous grounds, stop in the artLAB to get creative, and play in the lovely Fairy Lolly, too. Read more about Annmarie here.



Library Love
Where: DC Public Libraries
When: Various dates
Admission: Free
Join story times , craft sessions, even a dance party at some of the city’s libraries. Valentine’ themed activities are taking places on several dates over the next couple of weeks. Find one that your child will love here.



Chocolate Lovers Festival
Where: City of Fairfax
When: February 6 & 7
Admission: Depends on activities
Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand, so certainly the timing of this sweet event is not a coincidence. The City of Fairfax presents its annual festival centered around one of the most wonderful things in the world: chocolate. There will be all kinds of activities for all ages throughout the weekend, both chocolate and non-chocolate themed — tastings, story time, puppet shows, face painting, chocolate challenges, a chocolate caper mock trial, and much more. The events list on the website has details.



Tween Valentine Card Making
Where: The Paper Source
When: February 6
Admission: $25
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to make Valentines for friends, family, and classmates at this fun workshop. Get creative with stamps, washi tape, ombré ink, glitter and more. Everyone will make 4-6 cards and get a heart maze as a favor! A 10% off coupon will be provided with the class. Buy two seats at the same time and save 10% off each seat.



Valentine Crafts
Where: Michael’s
When: February 6 & 13
Admission: Varies by session
Head to a Michael’s location for some creative Valentine’s fun. The arts & crafts supply store is hosting drop-in workshops over the next couple of weekends for children to make cards and decor — all with a love theme. Search the website to find a store near you.



Sweetheart Party
Where: Gymboree DC
When: February 12, 4-6pm
Admission: $5/non-member, FREE for members
Join Gymboree DC at their Annual Sweetheart Party, where guests will love music & dancing, sweet play activities, heartfelt arts & crafts, and sweet treats. Suitable for children up to 5 years old. SPace is limited, so register soon: or 202-627-2450.



Valentines in the Village
Where: Village at Leesburg
When: February 12-14 5-9pm
Admission: Free
Add something special to your Valentine’s Day weekend at Village at Leesburg, where they’ll be offering FREE evening horse drawn carriage rides down the illuminated Village Market Boulevard. Plan to go after a day out with the kids or a parents’ date night.



Valentine Lego Love
Where: Room & Board
When: February 13, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free
Spread the love at a fun-filled morning with the kids… and Lego Man! Room & Board will be hosting a morning of modern design inspiration, featuring a life-sized creation using Legos from Brixalot. Kids of all ages can build their own designs from thousands of Legos, and create their own Valentine’s Day paper crafts. Attendees can also learn how to create an imaginative space for children using furnishings by Room & Board while spending the day with the family. RSVP here.



Valentine Build & Grow
Where: Area Lowe’s Locations
When: February 13, 10am
Admission: Free
The home improvement store hosts free bimonthly workshops for kids, and this session will bring some Valentine’s Day spirit as guests construct a Valentine’s Day Picture Frame. Bring the kids into any Lowe’s store to make the free wooden project (with parent help). Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Go here to register.



DIY Valentines
Where: National Postal Museum
When: February 13, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Love is in the details at the Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop. We’ve attended this event several times, so I can tell you firsthand it’s love-ly. They’ll have pretty papers and neat valentine-themed stamps, all you need to bring is your creativity to decorate your card. Visit the museum’s stamp store and send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark. And for more about the museum, see this KFDC post.



Family Valentine’s Dance Party
Where: Port Discovery
When: February 13, 6-9pm
Don your best “play” attire and enjoy an evening of dancing, playing, exploring, and making great family memories at Port Discovery’s Valentine’s Dance Party! Along with boogeying the evening away, there will be other fun activities, including light up valentine’s, cookie decroating, open play and museum exploration, and pizza!



Love in Every Language
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: February 13 & 14
Admission: Free
All ages are welcome to enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art. Use that as inspiration to create Valentine’s Day cards with woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages and fold heart-shaped origami.



Family Fun: Sweet Valentine Treats
Where: Sur la table locations
When: February 13 & 14
Admission: $49/person
Bring your little one and join a family afternoon filled with baking, laughter, and plenty of tasty Valentine’s Day treats. Mom, grandparent, or special adult along with their kids will have a wonderfully sweet time creating yummy cookies, whoopie pies and chocolate-dipped hearts. Plus, the instructor will walk you through the steps for making delicious cream cheese frosting and share some fun decorating tips. This year, make Valentine’s Day extra special for your little loved ones by making delicious desserts—and precious memories—together.



Pretty in Pink
Where: Select movie theaters
When: February 14
Admission: Varies by theater
See a classic you loved back in the John Hughes inspired days. Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events is bringing Pretty in Pink to select cinemas to celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary and Valentine’s Day. Molly Ringwald is a high school girl from the wrong side of town. Andrew McCarthy is the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. As fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. Relive the glory days when the story returns to the big screen.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Great Falls, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

February Newsletter – Articles

Home Care in Washington D.C.


The Power of Love

For many years love has been assumed in different cultures to be a powerful aspect of human connectedness. When love is adequately Home-Care-in-Washington-D.C.communicated it can have a long lasting impact on the social, emotional and cognitive flourishing of children. Due to advancements in scientific technology the powerful implications for love has been supported in studies. In a study, children of nurturing mothers had hippocampal volumes 10 percent larger than children whose mothers were not as nurturing. Research has suggested a link between a larger hippocampus and better memory.


According to Donaldson and Westerman (1986), children first begin centering their concepts of love around objects or events. For example, a child may define love by how often their parents give them their favorite foods or toys. However, as the brain further develops a more concrete understanding of love is based on memories and attitudes. For example, Mom cooked me soup and held my hand all night while I was sick last winter. Additionally children begin to learn how to deliberately demonstrate their emotions for others. The adequate communication of love can make a more profound impact on the child’s development.



Love Language

According to Gary Chapman, there are 5 love languages in which we communicate our love and appreciation for each other. These languages include; words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, receiving gifts and acts of service. Each person has a primary love language in which they communicate their feelings for others. Gary posits that conflict or disconnect arises when families, singles or couples are not aware of each other’s primary love language. For example, a mother’s love language might be receiving gifts, thus she may purchase extravagant new toys and gadgets for her child. However, her child’s primary love language may be quality time. The child may feel like their mother is not showing genuine love because she expressed love through gifts versus spending quality time. These disconnects in communication of love can hinder the ability for people to effectively bond and establish a harmonious relationship. The relationship between parent and child serves as a template for later relationships both professionally and personally. The ability to show love and appreciation for others that may not speak your primary love language can enhance leadership and social skills. For example, a teacher that recognizes her discouraged students love language is words of affirmation may be tactful in offering words of encouragement to improve their confidence and motivation.



Sweet Benefits

The ability to effectively communicate love can increase language skills and emotional intelligence. When children are prompted to communicate their feelings and empathize with others wants and needs, they develop a higher understanding of social engagement.  Acquiring the ability to effectively communicate love enhances friendships and relationships. These skills allow others to feel appreciated and affirmed. Children often struggle with identifying and communicating their feelings about themselves and others. Teaching children how to recognize and demonstrate various love languages enables them to recognize and express love in various arenas, leading to a more fulfilled life at home, school and extracurricular.



Tips for Learning Your Child’s Love Language


  • Provide your child the opportunity to choose which way they would like you to express your love. For example, ask them if they would rather spend time together at the park or have you bake them their favorite cookies.
  • Learn your child’s primary love language and focus on that one.
  • Model the use of love language with other friends and family members.
  • Quality time: for boys set up a man-cave night or tea-bake night with girls.
  • Affirmation: create little encouragement sticky notes and place them in your child’s lunch box.
  • Physical touch: Every now and then join your child in his or her bed and cuddle with them.
  • Receiving gifts: create a photo collage or timeline for your child’s accomplishments.
  • Acts of service: Bake your child’s favorite cake, cookies or cook his/her favorite dish.
  • If you are struggling to identify your child’s primary love language strive to balance to use of all them as frequently as possible.



If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Washington D.C., please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.