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CARING Connections October 2011

In This Issue


Aging in Suburbia        


Hearing aids may protect your brain   


Alzheimer's Milkshake Treatment 


 Rock of Ages 


Tour your Brain  


Recipe of the Month 

Recipe Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
My mom and dad on both sides are of German heritage, so during autumn we had lots of foods made from cabbage. Here is one of my many cabbage recipes. I hope you enjoy it.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


Rock of Ages  


rock of ages  


The Young@Heart Chorus swept the nation in Stephen Walker's 2007 documentary of the same name, proving that you're never too old to rock. Check out the Film Trailer and read more about the chorus, which is still going strong.     

BrainTourTour Your Brain
The Alzheimer's Association's virtual tour of the brain illustrates how the brain works and how Alzheimer's disease affects it. Discover how a brain with Alzheimer's disease looks and functions in relation to an average brain.

Brain tour Click Here to get started 

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October is a month to enjoy nature's bounty. It's when glossy fruits and crisp, colorful vegetables are stacked into mountains at the local farmer's markets. But did you know that, for many seniors, not being able to go to the grocery store on a regular basis for fresh food is a key warning sign of nutritional deficit? If you know a senior who is experiencing difficulty getting to the grocery store, consider contacting Assisting Angels to provide transportation, meal preparation and companionship at mealtimes to foster better health.

This month's news is also bountiful with thought-provoking new studies and information for seniors. In the spirit of education and cooperation, we hope you will find the following articles informative and beneficial.


Thank you,   

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 


aging in suburbia

Aging in Suburbia 


The Baby Boomer generation is changing the landscape of America's suburbs. As the first generation of people to be born and raised in what we now call "Suburbia," census statistics show most Boomers have no intent on moving elsewhere as they age. This poses some unique challenges for local governments as they are beginning to see their voter demographics shift from young families to older individuals with different needs and concerns. Changes are being made to accommodate the shift, such as new pedestrian walk signals providing countdowns, new police forces focused on senior safety and local university classes on coping with retirement.


Read more about this shift in this article 


hearingaidHow Your Hearing Aid Might Be Protecting Your Brain

Hearing aid

While we may not always notice small changes to our senses as we age, our brains definitely do. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine revealed that individuals with poor hearing showed a decrease in gray matter density in auditory areas of the brain, suggesting a link between hearing ability and brain volume. According to Jonathan Peelle, PhD, lead author of the study, "People hear differently, and those with even moderate hearing loss may have to work harder to understand complex sentences." This suggests that hearing aids may not only help you hear, but may also help preserve your brain.


 Find out more about this fascinating study in this Medical News Today Article 

Is the Alzheimer's Milkshake a Valid Treatment?


Axona, also known as the Alzheimer's Milkshake, is being touted as a revolutionary Alzheimer's treatment by some and as snake oil by others. It isn't classified as a drug, but rather a medical food. And while medical foods are regulated by the FDA, their regulations are not as strict as those of drugs.

Axona is purported to provide the brains of Alzheimer's patients with an alternative fuel source to glucose to aid in brain cell function. However, studies have shown poor cognitive results, leading some professionals to question the validity of the milkshake's medicinal claims. To learn more about Axona and the controversy surrounding it, read this article and watch the video from ABC News.   

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.

Sherry Atwell

Sherry Atwell, Office Administrator

Scheduling Coordinator, Billing and Payroll and Office Manager.

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.