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CARING Connections July 2011

In This Issue


Surprising Health Information   


Technology Study 

Unthinkable Alzheimer's Epidemic


The Dish on Fighting Falls with Vitamin D


Video of the Month 


Love Has No Boundaries 


Jeanne Robertson "Don't Sleep in a Tent with Left-Brain"

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Jeanne Robertson is one of the funniest women you will ever see. Watch this hilarious rendition of her story about camping with her husband, whom she lovingly calls "Left-Brain."  Watch video


Love Knows No Boundaries

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Love knows no age, and for Forrest Lunsway and Rose Pollard, truer words were never spoken. The two have the unique distinction of being the oldest couple ever to get married. Read this article and view the heartwarming video to hear their beautiful story of love that has truly stood the test of time.


 Learn more here.



The Dish - Fight Falls with Vitamin D

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Falls are the leading cause of serious injuries among the elderly. The following article explains how vitamin D can help reduce fall risk among seniors and how individuals with a vitamin D deficiency can improve their diet to include this vital nutrient.

Click here to read further. 

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Brenda's Recipe of the Month  

Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer soups. It is cool and refreshing, and exceedingly tasty!





1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

Tomato juice

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped

1 chopped red bell pepper

1 chopped red onion or white onion

1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced

1 medium garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 lime, juiced

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, minced



Fill a 6-quart pot halfway full of water, set over high heat and bring to a boil.

* Make an X with a paring knife on the bottom of the tomatoes. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water for 15 seconds, remove and transfer to an ice bath and allow to cool until able to handle, approximately 1 minute. Remove and pat dry. Peel, core and seed the tomatoes. When seeding the tomatoes, place the seeds and pulp into a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl in order to catch the juice. Press as much of the juice through as possible and then add enough bottled tomato juice to bring the total to 1 cup.

Place the tomatoes and juice into a large mixing bowl. Add the cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, garlic clove, olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire, cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to a blender and puree for 15 to 20 seconds on high speed. Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Cover and chill for 2 hours and up to overnight. Serve with chiffonade of basil.

Alternatively, you can blend the entire soup if you prefer.

* Note - I personally do not remove skins and seeds from tomatoes. I blend all of them in a high-powered blender (Vitamix) which completely blends the tomatoes into a smooth sauce. If you don't have a high-powered blender, you will have to use the method above to remove skins and seeds.


July is a perfect month for summer picnics and outdoor family gatherings, and picnics are a great way to include a senior in a social outing or a fun afternoon outside. If the senior does not do well in a group, enjoy a fresh, healthy lunch on a lawn blanket in the backyard or at the local park for a change of scenery. Quality time spent together creating memories is a wonderful way to fill a summer afternoon. Following are the latest articles and information we thought you might find informative and beneficial.

We wish you a safe and healthy July!

Thank you,
The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Surprising Health Information: Inflammation is the Culprit

Inflammation is the foundation Inflammation
of health and  the wellbeing of our cells, but unless you know how to manage  it, it could eventually kill you. Conditions such as hay fever, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, bursitis, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, Parkinson's, osteoporosis, and even depression have been linked to inflammation.

It is important to have well-controlled inflammation and keep it regulated so that it switches on when you need it and switches off when you don't need it anymore. A few ways to regulate inflammation are to:

  • Eat healthier fats and an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce stress   

Learn more about how you can maintain a healthy balance when it comes to inflammation in this article from


Study Shows Technology Has Permeated Family Care giving

Technology Study

Technology has made its way into nearly every industry at this point, and that includes home care. From telehealth monitors that measure symptoms and send information to the client's physician to electronic coordination systems that help keep track of doctors' appointments, family caregivers are becoming more accepting of and reliant on home care technology.

The following survey conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and United Health care details how caregivers are using the latest technologies with their loved ones, the likelihood of technology adoption among family caregivers, possible barriers to usage and more.Read eConnected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century  for more information on the home care technology boom.


"Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic" Excerpts from Larry King Live

Larry King LiveAlzheimer's is a difficult disease that doesn't discriminate in gender, intelligence, or status. It is the most common form of dementia and, as Larry King demonstrated on his long-running talk show, it has affected many celebrities and public figures and their families.


Funny man Seth Rogen, public figure Maria Shriver, actress Angie Dickinson, and President of the Alzheimer's Association, Harry Johns spoke with Larry King about how Alzheimer's disease has affected them and their loved ones. Click on the following links to view the interviews.

Seth Rogen Interview
Maria Shriver Interview
Angie Dickinson Interview
Harry Johns Interview


Brenda Critell, President / CEO
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)
A native of Boise, Idaho and a 4th generation Idahoan. Brenda founded Assisting Angels Home Care in 2006.

Skip Critell, Executive Vice President Director of Operations for the Treasure Valley.

Brad Close
Bradley Close, RN
Provides care plans for direct care services, and is the nursing supervisor for direct care services.


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. Assisting Angels encompasses life enrichment for the elderly and for the organization's exceptional caregivers. The Assisting Angels 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 (Boise), or 208.733.2550 (Twin Falls) for more information.