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Thyroid Problems: Know the Signs

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If you are an older woman, you should be aware of the signs of thyroid disease. According to, one in eight women will have thyroid problems in their lifetime. What are some of the symptoms? Hyperthyroidism can cause unexplained weight loss, trouble sleeping, anxiety or irritability, and more frequent bowel movements while hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, fatigue, constipation, and dry or thinning hair. Having a family history of thyroid disease also increases your risk, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience any unexplained symptoms! For more information, visit

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference took place this past week in Washington D.C. Find out what the latest research is saying about this disease and learn more about current treatment options:

Documentary on the Healing Power of Music on Memory Loss

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning documentary AliveInside highlights the profound effect music has on individuals suffering from memory loss/dementia. It’s a must see for anyone caring for a loved one with memory loss!

The Latest Facts & Figures on Alzheimer’s Disease

According to Alzheimer’, over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This number is expected to grow to over 7 million by 2025, with staggering repercussions for the healthcare system and healthcare costs. Visit Alzheimer’ to read the latest facts and figures on this disease.

April Newsletter: Celebrating Springtime in the Lowcountry

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Our April newsletter has tips on battling allergies, highlights the must-do local activities this month, provides information on women’s eye health and much more! Click here to read our April newsletter!

February Newsletter: Show Your Heart Some Love This Valentine’s Day!

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February is American Heart Month–it’s the perfect time to show your heart some extra love! Our February newsletter has helpful tips for healthy eating for the budget-conscious, healthy heart tips and how you can detect a heart attack or stroke, highlights on the can’t miss local events this month and so much more! Click here to read our February newsletter!

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Home Care Plus is helping spread the word that there is a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. It is also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coaltion, between 80-90% of HPV infections resolve naturally.

The good news?

  • HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

Visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition’s website for more information on screening recommendations, symptoms and more.

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy!

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Do Your Heart A Favor…Take Yoga!

Recent research (European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, Dec 15, 2014 ) has found cardiovascular benefits, including a reduction in weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, from a regular yoga practice. This is good news for individuals with physical limitations or who otherwise shy away from higher impact cardio workouts. For more information on how yoga can help your heart, read the Healthday News’ article “Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors” on

Give These Apps a Shot!

Tired of carrying around all of your membership cards to every grocery, department, and drug store? There’s an app that can store the information for you! Have trouble remembering where you parked at a sports game or the airport? An app can help you find your car! Need a gentle reminder to take your pills every day? The app is just a click away! Watching your blood pressure or forgot your reading glasses? An app can help!

Read National Care Planning Council’s article, “Technology Series: Apps That Make Life Better” by Valerie Michel Buck to find out which apps can remove stress from your day. It will take you less time to master these apps than find your lost car after that football game or read the dinner menu without your glasses.

New Vaccine Recommendation for Seniors Age 65+

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that certain seniors age 65 and up receive the pneumococcal vaccine PCV13. For more information, visit the CDC’s website  or read the National Care Planning Council’s article “Did You Know…There is a new Vaccine Recommendation for Adults Age 65 and Older” by Linda Neuenschwander.

For a complete list of vaccine recommendations for adults visit the CDC’s website.