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CARING ConnectionsMay 2011

In This Issue


Study Shows Seniors Not Getting Disease Preventive Health Services 


 Seven Things Medicare Does Not Pay For  

Alzheimer's Update: Maintaining Independence Through Music


Aging Population Visualization  

Ric Elias: Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

Ric Elias

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? Here he tells his story publicly for the first time.
To watch the video, click here


aging                                           Aging Population Visualization


The elderly population of the world is growing at its fastest rate ever. By 2050, there will be more than 2 billion people aged 60 or over. Check out this visualization of the changing aging population in various countries.

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iPad App for the Doctor's Office


Dr. Chrono is a new iPad app that promises to be a safe and reliable portal for medical professionals to connect to all of their patients' information.

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Spinach and Bacon Quiche 

Spinach QuicheSpinach is plentiful and in season. It is coming up all over in gardens across America. If you love fresh spinach, this recipe is for you! 


  •  6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach, packed
  •  1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crust, fitted to a 9-inch glass pie plate


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Layer the spinach, bacon, and cheese in the bottom of the pie crust, then pour the egg mixture on top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until the egg mixture is set. Cut into 8 wedges.

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Did you know that most family caregivers are women caring for their mothers? With Mother's Day early this month, it is a great time to celebrate mothers and women in general. National Nurses Week is also celebrated this month, and we want to extend a special thank-you to all of the nurses we work with to make aging more comfortable. As always, we hope you will find the following articles in this month's newsletter informative and beneficial.

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Assisting Angels Home Care 

Study Shows Seniors Not Getting Disease Preventive Health Services


Many Americans aged 65 and older are not receiving potentially lifesaving preventive health services, says a new report by severalU.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies. Too few seniors, especially minority seniors, are getting recommended vaccinations for influenza and pneumococcal disease, including bloodstream infections, meningitis and pneumonia; help with quitting smoking; or screenings for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and osteoporosis.


The report suggested that many older adults may not be aware of the preventive services recommended for their age group or may not know that many of the services are covered by Medicare.


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Seven Things Medicare   

Does not Pay for 

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Many people still think that Medicare will pay for all their long-term care needs. Medicare is meant to be a service that helps someone improve from some incident or health issue. In addition to not paying for long-term care, it also does not pay for:

  • Assisted living facilities: Medicare will fully pay for a short-term stay in a nursing home for physical and/or occupational rehabilitation (usually 20 days). But Medicare will not ever pay for an assisted living facility
  • Homemaker services
  • Transportation (with some exceptions)
  • Home health aides (with some exceptions)
  • Routine eye, dental or hearing exams
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Alzheimer's Update: Maintaining Independence Through Music


Many recent studies have touted music's power to calm or to provide energy. Results also show that music can revive memories even when dementia or Alzheimer's has set in, making those memories hidden most times. A new study suggests that music may also assist people with a dementia or Alzheimer's to actually retain new information. This is a finding that holds promise for those living with Alzheimer's.


Brandon Ally, a School of Medicine assistant professor of neurology, based at the Alzheimer's Disease Center facility at the VA Medical Center in Bedford, Mass., performed a small study that demonstrated that Alzheimer's patients learned more lyrics when set to music than when simply spoken. Hopefully, the results could lead to using new ways to help Alzheimer's patients remember.

Brandon noted, "While the parts of the brain where we make memories - the medial temporal lobes like the hippocampus - are the first parts to be ravaged as Alzheimer's develops, music pulls from the cortical and subcortical areas, which aren't as damaged by the disease.

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Here is a PDF in Google docs that includes the full article published in the journal Neuropsychologia. 


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.

Sonya Harris


Sonya Harris, Client Care Coordinator

Provides quality client care and supervision of direct care services for the Treasure Valley.



About Assisting Angels Home Care  

Assisting Angels Home Care Partners, prides itself on being at the cutting edge of high quality services for the elderly who choose to remain at home in Idaho and is locally owned and operated by Brenda Critell and Skip Critell. Assisting Angels Home Care  encompasses life enrichment for the elderly and for the organization's exceptional caregivers. The Assisting Angels Home Care experience is about extraordinary, long-term relationships based on trust, consistency and a unique social model of aging and care.

Visit or call 208.344.7979 for more information.