CARING ConnectionsJanuary 2011

In This Issue

2011 Top Medical Innovations: Detecting Alzheimer's

Remote Monitoring Future is Now

Is it a plane? No, it's Super Granny


2010 in reviewGoogle Review of 2010

The New Year is a good time for reflection on important past events. It's easy to tell what is important to you. But what about things that are of global importance? Google has put together a video of the most popular 2010 searches. To see it, click here.

Prescription and Over the Counter Med Info

Resources for looking up prescription as well as over the counter drug information allow for in-depth information on side effects, new drugs available and clinical studies.

Assistance Paying for Medicines
Two resources for finding help meeting the cost of medicine.

Best buys for medications
Research is available through Consumer Reports' online system:

Easy Workbook for Determining Best Option for Care

Use this downloadable PDF in a workbook format to help determine the best option for care: staying at home or moving.

Brenda's Recipe Corner
Hoppin' John Recipe

Hoppin' John

It's that time of year when soups and stews are such a welcome fare. I lived in the South for a few years, and while there, I learned of this dish, commonly eaten on New Year's Day, and includes a side of collard greens, which I also dearly love. Southerners eat it to bring good luck in the new year. But it is tasty, filling and warming any time!  Just sharing with you... 


  • 1 1/2 cups dry black-eyed peas
  • 1 pound ham hocks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup shredded smoked Cheddar cheese


  1. In a large pan place the peas, ham hock, onion, red pepper, salt and pepper. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Remove ham hock and cut meat into pieces. Return meat to pot. Stir in the rice, cover and cook until rice is tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top, if desired. Serve.
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As a new year begins, it is natural to cast a wide view on the previous year's accomplishments while trying to predict the innovations ahead. This is an exciting time in which to live, with technological and medical advancements for seniors and health care happening all around us. At the same time, Assisting Angels Home Care would like to remind you to take a look at the power of the small, everyday actions that make such a difference in seniors' lives. Make a resolution this year to spend extra quality time with a cherished senior. It will certainly be a promise you won't regret.

In a spirit of sharing and community, we hope you will find the following articles in this month's newsletter informative and beneficial.

Thank you,
The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care

one2011 Top Medical Innovations: Detecting Alzheimer's

Each year the Cleveland Clinic selects the Top 10 Medical Innovations. For 2011, a new molecular imaging biomarker for early detection of Alzheimer's disease tops the list. It is the discovery of a new radioactive compound that allows doctors to "see" inside of a patient's brain that makes this finding such an important discovery. Currently, positive diagnosis of Alzheimer's is only possible upon autopsy.

Read the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2011.

Visit the Cleveland Clinic.

twoRemote Monitoring Future is Now

Sensor networks placed in homes made their debut in hospitals and assisted living centers and are now available and affordable in homes to help remote family members keep track and communicate with aging parents.

There are a variety of systems available which can monitor many things, from motion in specific areas to alerts and reports on medicine compliance.

One article from the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology believes that, for a senior, monitored life will become the norm.

Read the full article here.

"Patient Education: Future Family: Life In The Digital Age", Part 2 is a great video on remote monitoring and also includes a segment on the new GPS shoes. This is a long video (13 minutes) but worth it. Other systems in addition to the Grand Care system that is mentioned in the video are BeClose and Well Aware.

threeIs it a plane? No, it's Super Granny

Enjoy some photos from a French photographer whose initial goal was to help his lonely 91-year old Hungarian grandmother smile. Sacha Goldberger wanted to cheer her up, so he suggested a photo shoot to get her out of a depressed and lonely feeling. These may be more professional than you could do, but the idea to get creative while spending time with a loved senior can take many forms. The photos were so popular, they have gone viral, so there is a second posting with even more to enjoy.


Brenda Critell, President / CEO
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), A native of Boise, Idaho and a 4th generation Idahoan.

Skip Critell, Executive Vice President
Provides outreach and education to the community regarding our services. He presents educational seminars; conducts free memory screening for Dementia & Alzheimer's and related diseases, and in-home assessments.

Diana Drake, Outreach Coordinator
Provides home assessments and information to guarantee quality care for our clients and provides outreach and education to the community regarding our services.

Joy Kelly, Client Care Coordinator
Provides quality client care and supervision of direct care services for the Treasure Valley.