Genetic Pathways to Healthy Aging

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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.

Winter Events in DC, VA, and MD Areas

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Where: The Yards Park
When: 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
The Yards is once again hosting its Noon Yards Eve festival to ring in 2017! The fourth annual event will transform the park into a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with fun for both kids and adults. Activities will include music and dancing, balloon artists, bouncy inflatables, trackless train rides, face painters, kids crafts, and a big balloon drop at 12pm.



First Night Alexandria
Where: Old Town
When: Starting at 1pm
Admission: $30, kids 12 and under are free
Fun and entertainment will be in abundance at the area’s largest family-friendy New Year’s Eve celebration. There will be more than 100 performances on indoor stages throughout Old Town Alexandria, with entertainment from a variety of genres. Among the many kids activities will be live entertainment, face painting, story time, balloon sculptures, interactive art activities, and much more. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street. For details on where shows will take place, see the schedule on the website.


Rocknoceros New Year’s Eve Party
Where: Jammin Java
When: 11am & 2pm
Admission: $10
For the 10th straight year, the widely popular band that always gets kids rockin’ will be playing a special New Year’s Eve gig at Jammin Java. Sing along to some of your favorite tunes and enjoy the full menu of food and drinks while you’re there. Opt for lunchtime show at 11am, or go in the afternoon at 2pm. Doors open half-hour before the show and general admission seating is on a first come, first served basis.


The Celebration of Centuries
Where: Medieval Times
When: 3:30pm (doors open at 2pm)
Admission: $39.95/adult, $29.95/child (look for discount)
Experience an epic afternoon of fun and celebration as you countdown to 2017. Along with a four-course feast and thrilling jousting action, there will be special activities for the occasion — knight training, face painting, and a princess storytime will make the day extra exciting a for young revelers.


Noontime New Year: Snow Ball!
Where: Port Discovery
When: 9:30am – 5pm
Admission: $13.95
Join the children’s museum in Baltimore for a Snow Ball at its annual Noontime New Year Celebration. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and count down to the New Year at 12 noon with Eric Energy! Toast 2017 with juice and cookies and enjoy a fun day of programs and performances! Be sure to check the schedule for timing of specific events.


Midnight Noon
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: 10am – 2pm
Admission: $20.95/adult, $16.95/3-12, free for 2 and under
The Maryland Science Center’s New Year’s Eve family extravaganza will transform the midnight tradition into one the kids can enjoy. The 9th annual Midnight Noon will give kids the opportunity to see the ball drop before bedtime. Guests can dance their way into a very happy “Noon” Year — Grammy-nominated Baltimore kids band Milkshake will take to the stage at 11:30am. Visitors can also decorate party hats, construct noise makers, and more. And the rest of the Science Center will be open for exploration, too!


Watch Night New Year’s Eve Celebration
Where: West Broad Street in Falls Church
When: 7pm – Midnight
Admission: Free
Ring in the New Year with free, family-friendly festivities at Falls Church’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy food, music, singing, dancing, entertainment, performances and interactive festivities that appeal to all ages. Highlights include a children’s scavenger hunt, a wide variety of inflatables, free balloons, karaoke, face painting, caricaturist drawings, and restaurants with special Walking Watch Night Menus at local restairants. The evening concludes at midnight with the traditional countdown and lowering of the City of Falls Church Star. All events take place within a four-block area that begins on the 100 Block of West Broad Street. A free shuttle bus stops at each venue and the East Falls Church Metro throughout the evening, including a shuttle from the East Falls Church Metro station.


Family Fun Entertainment on the Eastern Shore
Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
When: Thursday – Friday
Admission: See room rates on website
How about an easy getaway to ring in 2017? The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay is offering special family-friendly activities to celebrate the new year. An inflatable fun house, arcade games, a kids’ karaoke and dance party, dive-in movie-watching from the comfort of an indoor pool, and an early ball drop are just some of the festivities hotel guests can enjoy. And there’s even more fun for adults — find details here.


Glide into 2017
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the day & evening
Admission: Varies by rink
Skate under the stars to celebrate the start of the new year. Gliding on ice surrounded by twinkling lights, art sculptures, and the hubbub of people in festive spirits is a fun, active way to revel. Join a special event like Rock & Skate at Washington Harbour or just do your own thang. Be sure to check times for each rink, as hours may change for the holiday.


New Years Night Lights
Where: Around the area
When: After dark
Admission: Varies by locale
Start your own family New Year’s Eve tradition with a seasonal treat: Bundle up for a stroll or take a drive through one of several spectacular light displays! Most of the light shows that dazzle this time of year are open on New Year’s Eve. Combine an outing to see them with dinner out — this guide from Edible DC has suggestions on where to eat nearby all the holiday lights. If you’re enjoying it from the comfort of a car, pack a thermous of hot chocolate, yummy snacks, and prepare a festive playlist for the ride.


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



Fall Events in DC, VA, and MD Areas

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Kids Euro Festival
October 26-November 6, 2016. The event staged through the cooperation of the 27 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen major local cultural institutions will include more than 200 free performances around the city.


Museum Shop Around at Strathmore
​November 10-13, 2016. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop at 16 museum shops under one roof at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Maryland (301) 581-5100.


Veterans Day
November 11, 2016. Honor American veterans at this event and/or attend a wreath-laying ceremony at one of the monuments in Washington, DC. See the schedule of this year’s events.


Manassas Veterans Day Parade
November 12, 2016, 11 a.m. Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations.


FotoWeek DC
November 12-20, 2016. The annual celebration of photography in Washington, DC, will feature programs including a photo contest and juried exhibition, gallery openings, lectures, educational workshops, portfolio reviews, book signings and more.


Holiday Craft Shows
Throughout the month of November, you will find lots of arts and crafts shows ideal for shopping for unique holiday gifts. Find here a variety of craft shows in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.


National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting
November 13, 2016, 5-7 p.m. Waterfront Plaza, National Harbor, Maryland. The waterfront community will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the sky with fireworks and a 65ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. Sip some hot chocolate and enjoy story-telling, an ornament-making workshop and holiday music.
Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade and Illumination
November 19, 2016. Gettysburg, PA. Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery are commemorated with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery.


ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort
November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won’t want to miss.


Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park
November 19, 2016-January 2, 2017. Upper Marlboro, MD. The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.


Turkey Trots in the Washington DC Area
Various Dates. A variety of organizations in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia sponsor walks and runs to raise money for charity.
Christmas at Mount Vernon
November 25, 2016 – January 6, 2017. Learn about the Christmas traditions of George Washington and his family, meet historic characters and tour the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight.


Presidential Turkey Pardon
Each year, the President pardons a turkey and spares its life in celebration of Thanksgiving. See photos!
Thanksgiving Parades
Attend the annual Thanksgiving parades in Reston, Virginia and Silver Spring Maryland.

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, DC Area
Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday in Washington DC
November 25, 2016. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. Many stores open early and offer big sales for the holidays. See the schedule of store openings in the DC area.

City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting
November 25, 2016, 7-9 p.m. Musical entertainment with a visit from Santa Claus in Market Square, 301 King St. (703) 838-4844
Nutcracker Performances
Enjoy the Christmas holiday classic ballet at a theater in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Schedules vary, but many theatres begin their performances in late November.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Find dates and times for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in the Washington, DC area.

Christmas Light Displays
Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, DC area’s spectacle of lights at a local park in DC, Maryland or Virginia.


Zoo Lights 
National Zoo 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 2008 (202) 633-2614

Dates: Nov. 29, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017. Come see the animals and critters at the National Zoo like you’ve never seen them before. Decked out in more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights, the kids will squeal with delight at the beautiful scenery. Zoo Lights features lit animal silhouettes and musical displays throughout the zoo as well as plenty of real-life animals to view and learn about. Visit the Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center or Kids Farm for special demonstrations and presentations. The National Zoo also features the National Zoo Choo-Choo, a conservation-focused carousel, two 150-foot snow tubing tracks and a gingerbread house competition. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Panda Claws, the official Zoo Lights ambassador, or on the holiday sleigh at the Great Meadow.


The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W. Washington, DC 20566 (202) 416-8000 Dates: Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Kick off the holiday season with a visit to the Kennedy Center where you and your family will enjoy a world-class production of “The Nutcracker.” With larger-than-life scenery, breathtaking costumes and enchanting storytelling, the kids will be swept away by the production of this classic tale. Performed by the Joffrey Ballet, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Arlington Children’s Chorus, “The Nutcracker” features heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets and a glittery dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Kennedy Center features a roof terrace restaurant, cafe and gift shop. The performing arts center also provides snacks and drinks during intermission.


Trot for Hunger 5K 
13th St. N.W. and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20004 (202) 797-8806

Date: Nov. 28, 2016. Thanksgiving is the time to sit back and appreciate all of the good things in your and your kids’ lives. It’s also the perfect time to help those who are less fortunate in your community. The 12th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K is a family-friendly event that helps provide much-needed food, clothes, healthcare and other services for homeless families and single adults, including the elderly and those suffering from mental illness. Children as well as adults can participate in the 5K race. The event also features a kids’ one-mile fun run. Known as the only turkey trot in DC, make this special event a yearly tradition in your family. Registration is required.


National Harbor Tree Lighting And Fireworks 
National Harbor, MD 20745 (877) 628-5427 Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Begin the countdown to the most wonderful time of the year at the National Harbor Tree Lighting and Fireworks celebration. The event kicks off with a rousing rendition of holiday classics courtesy of the Orchestra at National Harbor featuring the American Military Spouses Choir followed by the lighting of more than 200,000 lights around the Harbor’s 65-foot Christmas tree. Then, sit back and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show. The National Harbor is a great, family-friendly destination full of plenty of places to go and things to do. Stop by the Gaylord Hotel for a spectacular holiday presentation full of lights, snow and life-size ice sculptures, visit the Peeps store for a variety of free holiday activities for you and the kids or go for a ride with Santa around the Carousel at National Harbor.


Reston Holiday Parade 
Reston Town Center 11900 Market St. Reston, VA 20190 (703) 579-6720
Date: Nov. 29, 2016 An annual tradition for more than 20 years, the Reston Holiday Parade is the perfect activity for you and your family this Thanksgiving weekend. Come and see Macy’s parade-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars and more during this one-of-a-kind celebration. The parade also features two special guests—Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Upon arrival to the parade, each child will receive a free bell to jingle while they catch the show. The Reston Holiday Parade also features the Gingerbread Man Kids Mile Fun Run, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, a tree lighting ceremony, sing-a-longs and community performances.


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Arts and crafts Projects for Back to School

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Acorn Lacing Activity

For this activity you will need:

  • Tan and brown construction paper
  • Yarn (any color)
  • hole punch
  • tape (Painter’s tape actually works better than the Scotch tape we used this time)
  • glue
  • glitter glue
  • print-outs of the poem


Here is the poem:

Just like the little acorn

That grows to be a tree.

I’m growing every day,

And learning what I’ll be!


  1. Trace the tops of the acorns on brown paper and the bottom pattern on tan
  2. Punch holes along the edges of the acorn top.
  3. Wrap tape around one edge of the yarn to make it easier for small fingers to thread.  Pull the yarn through the first hole and tape the opposite end to the back of the acorn.  That way the kids won’t be able to pull the yarn all the way through.
  4. Let the kids lace their yarn through the top of the acorn holes.  Depending on the age of your kids, this may require more or less assistance.
  5. Once they are finished lacing, trim off the excess yarn and tape the other end to the back of the acorn.
  6. Glue the top of the acorn to the bottom.
  7. Glue the poem to the back of the acorn.
  8. Write each child’s name in glitter glue on their acorn.


Bag Painting – Making a Fall Tree Centerpiece

For this activity, you will need:


  • Red, Orange, and Yellow paint
  • Leaf shapes cut out of card stock
  • Ziplock bags
  • Glitter Glue
  • Ribbon
  • A branch from outside


  1. To prep for this, cut leaf shapes out of card stock for each child.
  2. Then, put one leaf into each bag, along with a squirt of red, orange, and yellow paint, and a few drops of water to help it mix.  Make sure there is some paint on both sides of the leaf.  Try to get as much air out of the bag as possible when sealing it.
  3. Next the kids had fun squishing the paint around and covered their leaves.
  4. (Now, for the messy part!) take the leaves out of each bag and replaced them with another leaf so each child got to do more than one.
  5. When the kids were done covering their leaves, offer them the option of just finger-painting with the paint in the bag.  Some of them wanted to continue squishing with the paint and some were finished
  6. Once the leaves dried, use glitter pens to write each child’s first initial on their leaves.
  7. After the glitter dried, hole-punched each leaf and tied it with ribbon.
  8. Then, go outside and find a branch to hang our leaves on and make our own Fall tree


Thumbprint Fall Trees

For this activity, you will need:


  • blue construction paper – for the background
  • yellow construction paper – for mounting
  • brown, red, orange, and yellow paint
  • paper plates


  1. First, make a handprint with brown paint for the tress.
  2. Then, use the brown paint and a sponge paintbrush to make the trunk.  (This could also be done by painting the side of the child’s arm, but that was messier than I wanted to go today!)
  3. While that dried, we painted another picture
  4. Then use your thumbs to make red, orange, and yellow thumbprint “leaves” for the tree.
  5. After the trees dried, mount them to yellow construction paper and write each child’s name on their tree.


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August Activities in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia Areas

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Blast-in-the-Past: A Hands-On History Playground

WHEN: Aug 1 – Aug 6 at 11 am to 4 pm

WHERE: Laurel, Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel

AGES: 1-12

THE SCOOP: Kids can pretend to trade in the market, put someone (usually ends up being Mom or Dad) in the public pillory, put on a show in the town square, “camp” in the wilderness, cook over the “fire” in the home area, grow crops in the farm, and more at this kid-sized colonial village. Adults are welcome to relax in the shade of old-growth trees and watch their kids play. Or they can play too!


“Rock at the Row” Summer Concert Series
WHEN: Aug 2 – Aug 25 at 7 pm to 9 pm

WHERE: Arlington, Pentagon Row, 1201 S Joyce St., Arlington


THE SCOOP: Every Thursday from July 14, 2016 to August 25, 2016, Pentagon Row guests can enjoy a live band on the plaza.


Reel ’em In! Friday Night Fishing 2016

WHEN: every Friday at 5 pm to 8 pm

WHERE: Anacostia, Diamond Teague Park (Next to National Stadium), Potomac Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.,


THE SCOOP: Join Anacostia Riverkeper for free catch and release fishing. All gear and bait provided. Not a bass master? Not a problem–hands on instruction will be provided for participants of all ages.


Locally Grown: Jersey’s Jewish Farms

WHEN: Aug 28 – Aug 28

WHERE: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia


THE SCOOP: NMAJH currently has a fun and informative exhibition on view through August 28 called “Locally Grown: Jersey’s Jewish Farms,” which details the history of agricultural communities in Southern New Jersey. Included is an interactive exhibition area where kids can play with adorable stuffed chickens (Meg O’Day, a taxidermied chicken that holds the record for laying the most eggs in a year, is in a display case). Baskets with toy eggs, fruits, and vegetables are available to be “harvested.” (the farmers portrayed in the exhibition picked the tomatoes used for Campbell’s Soup). Families are also encouraged to visit a mini library stocked full of books about farming.


A.C Moore Summer Fun Wednesday

WHEN: every Wednesday at 1 pm to 3 pm

WHERE: Fredrick, A.C Moore Arts & Crafts, 7330 Guilford Dr., Frederick

AGES: 4-12

THE SCOOP: Looking for some kid-friendly, indoor entertainment that won’t break the bank this summer? A.C. Moore is offering a summer-long schedule of free “Make & Take” arts and crafts activities designed to tap children’s creativity. From tie-dying and duct tape projects to bracelet making and more, there’s something to spark everyone’s interest!


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Home Care Focus – Meal Preparation

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One of the greatest benefits of home care for your elderly parent is that it is fully customizable. The in home senior care services provider will work with you to evaluate your parent’s needs and design an approach to care intended to meet those needs effectively and efficiently while also promoting independence and encouraging your loved one to live an active, engaged lifestyle. For many seniors, one of the most useful and beneficial of these services is assistance with meal preparation.

What your elderly loved one eats is an extremely important part of their overall health and wellbeing. Making sure that their body has what it needs to thrive ensures proper functioning of the various systems throughout the body and helps to prevent health complications, illnesses, and other consequences. For many elderly adults, however, preparing meals that fit in with these health guidelines is not as easy as it was when they were younger. They may not be familiar with what is actually considered healthy, or they may not have the physical capability to handle some of the tasks of cooking. They may even lack the motivation and emotional strength to get into the kitchen and cook alone just for themselves. With an in home senior care services provider, however, your parent can enjoy the fun of cooking again and also give their body what it really needs to stay healthy.


Some of the benefits of a home care provider helping your parent with meal preparation include:

  • Safety. Cooking inherently involves some tasks that are potentially dangerous. Sharp implements including knives and graters, hot ovens and stoves, and heavy equipment can all put your parent at risk if they have physical or cognitive challenges and limitations that make it difficult for them to handle these actions safely. The care provider can handle tasks such as chopping, cutting, and using the heat, and can encourage your parent to handle safer tasks such as stirring, rolling, and pouring.
  • Social engagement. Cooking and eating are traditionally social activities. Spending time with a care provider cooking is a fantastic way for your parent to get the important mental stimulation of engaging with another person. This is also a great way to strengthen memory skills so that your parent can have a mind that is sharper, stronger, and more responsive.
  • Healthy choices. Many elderly adults are unfamiliar with what healthy eating really is. They come from a time when meat and potatoes was the norm, and there was not as extensive an understanding of food, portions, and healthy options as there is now. A care provider can help your parent better understand what healthy eating is and can use dietary guidelines put forth by your parent’s doctor to plan meals they can make together. This is a fun way for your parent to not only learn what keeps their body healthier, but also to explore new flavors and textures, and to find new ways to prepare old favorites in a better way. This stimulates their mind at the same time as taking care of their body.


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.

Father’s Day Arts and Crafts Activities

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Dad is the best! Sometimes we forget that he needs to know that his being there for us every day is really important. On Father’s Day you Home-Care-in-Arlington-VAmay want to make something for him or you may want to invite him to join in the fun. Here are some craft ideas for kids to make for or with Dad.


Best Dad By Par Handprint Card:

If dad is a golfer he will love this and maybe a box of golf balls to go with it too!

FloraCraft Make it: Fun Foam Balls
FloraCraft Make it: Fun Foam Tools
Green and light blue card stock paper
Golf Tee

Start by folding a piece of cardstock paper in half. Take your Styrofoam ball and cut it in with with the floracraft foam tool. Trace your little ones hand prints three times and cut them out. Tape a bright orange golf tee to the card and glue/tape the hand prints over it. Finish the card by gluing on one side of the Styrofoam ball above the tee and writing “You are the best dad by par!”


Father’s Day Nutty About You Photo Frame:

This Father’s Day Nutty about You Photo Frame is a great gift for the kids to make for dad!

Dollar Store Frame
Hot Glue Gun

If your dollar store frame is unpainted, be sure to paint it first. Glue miscellaneous nuts to the front of the frame. Select on of the sayings you like to say to dad and glue it to the frame. Insert your favorite photo of you and dad and you are all set.


Outdoor Play!

The outdoors can be the best place for children to practice and master emerging physical skills. It is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience motor skills like running, leaping, and jumping. It is also the most appropriate area for the practice of ball-handling skills, like throwing, catching, and striking. And children can perform other such manipulative skills as pushing a swing, pulling a wagon, and lifting and carrying movable objects.

Additionally, it is in the outdoors that children are likely to burn the most calories, which helps prevent obesity, a heart disease risk factor that has doubled in the past decade. Studies showing that as many as half of American children are not getting enough exercise. The outside is also important because the outdoor light stimulates the pineal gland, the part of the brain that regulates the “biological clock,” is vital to the immune system, and makes us feel happier.

The outdoors has something more to offer than just physical benefits. Cognitive and social/emotional development are impacted, too. Outside, children are more likely to invent games. As they do, they’re able to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way. They feel safe and in control, which promotes autonomy, decision-making, and organizational skills. Inventing rules for games promotes an understanding of why rules are necessary. Although the children are only playing to have fun, they’re learning communication skills and vocabulary, number relationships, and social customs.


Significance of Father Involvement
An extensive amount of research has been conducted to emphasize the pivotal role that mothers play in the lives of childhood development. Many studies highlight the valuable influences that mothers have on the cognitive, emotional and social development of the child. However, until recent years, there has been little research that highlights the benefits of father involvement on the well-being of the child. There has been an increasing body of research that emphasizes the differential outcomes between children that experience actively engaged fathers versus those that do not. According to a study published in Acta Pediatrica, active engagement of fathers in the lives of their children has decreased oppositional behavioral, reduced psychological problems and enhances cognitive development. Additionally, active engagement of fathers can improve the overall efficacy of the family system. Consistent engagement of fathers reduces the responsibility and workload of mothers and decreases the likelihood of mothers burning out. When mothers burn out there is an increased risk of aversive effects on the family dynamic. These effects include tension, outburst of anger and unintended neglect. All of these aversive effects can have a negative impact on the overall well-being of children in the home. In this article we will highlight some of the valuable contributions fathers can make to the lives of their children.


Gate Keeper
Historically, fathers have maintained the impression of the dominant figure in the home. Additionally, they have been viewed as the firm figure that maintains the rules. Although, women actively take on a dominant parental role in the family dynamic. Studies have found that the mere presence of fathers in the home can reduce the frequency of defiant behavior. At various stages in development, it is typical for children to test the limits and boundaries of their parents. At each stage defiance can come in different forms ranging from refusal to do school work to staying out after curfew. Although “children will be children”, it is essential that children are provided with flexible boundaries and firm expectations to safely navigate these phases of their lives. Father’s can help play an important role in safeguarding children through those phases of “testing the limits”.

Coach Motivator
Growing up in a competitive culture can be difficult for children. Many children lack motivation and confidence in their abilities at each stage of their development. Girls typically struggle with self-esteem issues more than boys. Several studies find that an active and nurturing style of fathering is associated with better verbal skills, intellectual functioning, and academic achievement among adolescents. Fathers typically take on a coaching and solution-focused approach to helping their children build confidence and attain their personal goals. During early childhood through late adolescence, children are faced with more competitive situations through sports, arts, and education. These experiences may have a negative impact on a child’s self-esteem. Fathers play an important role in encouraging and motivating children to try their best and continue to strive for their goals.

Mental Health
Research has shown that father involvement is linked to better psychological adjustment. There is evidence that active and regular engagement of fathers reduced psychological problems in young women. Girls typically experience challenges with mental health at an earlier age. The mental health issues include; depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Although the experiences of mental health challenges are inevitable for some children, father involvement can provide children with reassurance and comfort in throughout the process. Additionally, challenges with mental health can be debilitating and hinder functioning in school and extracurricular activities. Active involvement of fathers can help children maintain optimal functioning through challenges with mental health.


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