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CARING ConnectionsApril 2011

In This Issue


New Office Open in Twin Falls


The Aging of America, City by City

Test Your Memory in 15 Minutes

Check Your Birthday Suit on Your Birthday 


Did You Know?  



Video of the Month

Baby Boys 

Baby twins talk to each other

Some say babies have a language all their own. After watching this viral video, I'm compelled to believe there is. These twin babies appear to be carrying on a conversation. One is very concerned about his missing sock. the other baby...well, I don't know, but his body language is as vibrant and boisterous as his verbal skills. It's simply adorable!


To view this video, click here. 

Texting Shortcuts for Seniors to Share with Grandchildren


BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth

FWIW: Forgot Where I Was

GHA: Got Heartburn Again

LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out

OMMR: On My Massage Recliner

OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas.

ROFL... CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up

TTYL: Talk To You Louder

WTP: Where's The Prunes?


What Diseases Do Americans Fear the Most?


When asked which of five major diseases Americans fear most, cancer was first at 41%, Alzheimer's disease was second (31%) and far ahead of heart disease (8%), stroke (8%) and diabetes (6%) according to a recent Harris poll.


Learn more here. 


Brenda's Recipe Corner


Spring is here! Time to take advantage of those tender shoots that are springing up all over ditch banks, fruit orchards, and perennial gardens. If you don't  enjoy foraging for asparagus like I do, it is available and in season at  grocery stores and farmers' markets. This is my favorite spring vegetable. Enjoy! 

  Asparagus Recipe

Spring Asparagus Salad


  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Whisk together the rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and mustard. Drizzle in the peanut oil and sesame oil while whisking vigorously to emulsify. Set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus to the water and cook 3 minutes until just tender, but still firm. Remove and rinse under cold water to stop from cooking any further.
  3. Place the asparagus in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over the asparagus. Toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.
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Assisting Angels Home Care Receives "Best of Home Care" Award

 Best of Home Care

We are proud to announce that we have been recognized with Home Care Pulse's "Best of Home Care" distinction.  This award goes to the top 25% of agencies that are surveyed by this third party, indpendent survey company. We are now ranked among a select few of the best agencies in the United States!


Home Care Pulse, a company which measures client and employee satisfaction, created the award to identify those agencies in the private duty home care space that demonstrated a passion for client and employee satisfaction. Home Care Pulse believes that honoring such companies can both educate and help families to make better care decisions for their aging loved ones.


The selection process  for the "Best of Home Care" includes the evaluation of client and employee satisfaction in areas such as agency training, communication, overall quality of care, caregiver performance, caregiver morale, response to problems and recommendation of services to name a few.


To find out more about the "Best of Home Care" award or Home Care Pulse, please visit 

Thank you,
The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care
Office New Office Open in Twin Falls

Twin Falls, IDWe are proud to announce that we  have opened a new office in Twin Falls, Idaho. We look forward to serving those of you who live in the beautiful Magic Valley. We are located at:

Assisting Angels Home Care
378 Falls Ave
Twin Falls, ID 83301

For more information, please contact us at 208-733-2550.


oneThe Aging of America, City by City

Researchers from the Urban Institute are calling the mass influx of retiring baby boomers the senior tsunami because of the disastrous tidal wave that the number of seniors will have as an impact on our society. Note the top 20 U.S. cities their research has identified where projections place most of the baby boomers retiring and thus where more services will be needed. Raleigh-Cary, NC at 31.6%, Austin-Round Rock, TX at 30.1% and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA at 29.8% lead the list.


Access the list here.



twoTest Your Memory in 15 Minutes

Bob DeMarco writes a daily blog about caring for his mother, Dottie, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. The blog is filled with daily information that spans the spectrum from being informative, to educational, to personal, showing the love and care as he and his mother live together with Bob as her primary caregiver. His favorite test takes 15 minutes:


Access the test here. 


Access all five of his recommendations here. 


threeCheck Your Birthday Suit on Your Birthday

Treatment performed for non-melanoma skin cancers in the United States nearly doubled from 1994 to 2006, according to a new study, and this is an alarming number since skin cancer is preventable with some behavioral changes. It is very treatable when caught early, thus the suggestion that everyone check their bodies for abnormalities on their birthdays.


To minimize risks of skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends:

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Seek shade
  • Protect children from sun exposure
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand
  • Get vitamin D safely
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Check your birthday suit on your birthday

For more information about skin cancer, visit the SkinCancerNet section of


For more information on the American Academy of Dermatology visit:


Access the article here. 


Did You Know...


Memory ImprovementIf our brains were computers, we'd simply add a chip to upgrade our memory. The human brain, however, is more complex than even the most advanced machine, so improving our memory isn't quite so easy. Just as it takes effort to build physical fitness, so too does boosting brain power.

Access the article here.



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.