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CARING Connections September 2011

In This Issue


Study Shows Healthy Living Can Prevent Half of Alzheimer's Cases        


Exercise Keeps More than Seniors' Bodies Fit   


Online Gaming for Seniors


Planning on Family Caregiving? How to Financially Prepare


Recipe of the Month 

Amazing Seniors!
Some Amazing Seniors
Some Amazing Seniors

Here is a short clip of some amazing seniors. This just goes to prove a Healthy lifestyle & plenty of exercise does not stop when you become of golden age.


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Online Games for Seniors to Exercise the Brain


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 Keeping the mind sharp requires mental exercise.The Following Website offers free, easy-to-use interactive games and puzzles such as soduku, brain age, crossword puzzles, word searches, jigsaw puzzles and more to help stimulate brain activity. 

RecipeMarinated Barbecued Vegetables 
by Brenda Critell

Put your garden bounty to great use! The garlic, lemon and basil marinade infuses veggies with an unmistakably delicious flavor. These veggies go great with just about anything!


Marinated Barbequed Vegetables

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September is Healthy Aging month, and Assisting Angels applauds all seniors striving for healthy habits as well as those who assist them with their health goals. The studies demonstrating the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise for seniors are endless. A healthy lifestyle can even prevent or reduce symptoms of countless ailments and diseases. Education is often a first step towards healthier living, and with that in mind, we've included some information and new studies on healthy aging. Additionally, we've included information on other eldercare topics we hope you will find informative and beneficial.

Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 


healthy living_imgStudy Shows Healthy Living Can Prevent Half of Alzheimer's Cases

For many people, particularly those who havewatched a loved one suffer with it, Alzheimer's is a frightening disease. However, recent studies have revealed that more than 50% of Alzheimer's cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes. According to researchers, reducing major Alzheimer's risk factors like smoking, lack of exercise, and obesity can have a huge impact on preventing Alzheimer's and dementia.This article from Medical News Today provides more details on this exciting study.


To read an abstract of the study printed in The Lancet Neurology or to purchase the entire study,Click Here


Exercise Exercise Keeps More than Seniors' Bodies Fit

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We all know that exercise benefits our bodies in numerous ways, but two new studies are showing that regular exercise helps lower the rate of cognitive decline as we age, keeping the brain sharper longer. Both studies revealed that participants who exercised the most showed substantially less memory loss and other cognitive impairments.Check out this article from WebMD to find out more about how exercise keeps you sharp.




Planning on Family Caregiving? How to Financially Prepare

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On average, working Americans lose an estimated $3 trillion in wages, pension, and Social Security benefits when they take time off to care for an aging family member, according to a 2011 study. If you are considering taking on the care of a family member, there are some key financial aspects to consider, from knowing about government financing programs to planning for your own future and retirement. If you need help planning the financial aspects of becoming a family caregiver,Read this list of financial planning tips andthis study on baby boomers caring for aging parents from MetLife.



ninetyyearold 93-Year-Old Ballet Teacher Dancing Through Golden Years
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You're never too old to dance! At 93 years young, Ms. Therrell Camille Smith is keeping kids on their toes, teaching younger generations the importance of dance and the arts.


Read more about her inspiring story. 


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.

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 founded 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.