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CARING Connections November 2011

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Video of the Month                               
Xavier's Journey - The Touching Story of a Miracle Baby
Miracle Baby 

Xavier was born with congenital heart disease, which put him and his parents on a challenging journey. But God blessed them and brought them through. This video shows the moving story from start to finish.


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The Alzheimer's Store


  Alzheimers store  


From patient monitors to easy-to-read door signs to memory stimulation tools, The Alzheimer's Store carefully selects each of their products to make living with Alzheimer's Disease as comfortable and safe as possible.


Learn more here.        

 TrainyourbrainReclaim Your Brain, Brain Training
Reclaim your brain 

Just like the rest of your body, the mind needs exercise to stay healthy. Luminosity offers free games and tests that give your brain a workout and help improve memory, problem solving, attention and speed.

Recipe Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Chutney
Homemade cranberry chutney is easy, looks impressive, and keeps well for a week in refrigeration. Caution: once you try it, you'll never go back to the canned stuff!

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November marks the beginning of a new holiday season full of hustle and bustle. It can be a lonely time for a senior who lives far away from family or does not feel able to participate in holiday activities. But there are many ways to reach out to a senior at this time of year. Helping decorate, baking traditional recipes together, or simply reminiscing are all easy ways to bring joy to seniors and help them feel a part of the celebration.

November is also Alzheimer's Awareness Month. National research shows that only one out of ten caregivers has any type of instruction or information to help combat the challenging behavioral patterns of a person with memory loss. Assisting Angels Home Care aims to change that statistic by providing resources and education on Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's care giving.

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 


Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Promising Results for Treating Alzheimer's   

  Insulin Nasal spray

Diabetes and Alzheimer's disease are very different disorders; however, they may have something very interesting in common - treatment. New research suggests that insulin, the same drug used to treat diabetes, may also be effective in staving off the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Participants in the study who took a daily dose of insulin nasal spray over the course of four months maintained higher scores on general cognitive ability tests. Brain scans also revealed that those in the insulin-treated group preserved their ability to properly process glucose in the brain, a function which helps brain cells perform functions related to memory.
Click on this link to read more about this break through study, or watch thisthis video from PBS.   

 worldwideepidemicDiabetes: A Worldwide Epidemic

  World epidemic

We've all heard that U.S. citizens, as a whole, are getting larger. What we don't typically hear about is that diabetes is also on the rise worldwide and reaching epidemic proportions. A HealthDay News report states that 366 million people are now suffering from diabetes. And 4.6 million deaths are caused by the disease each year. 

This year, the UN held a summit on diabetes to help mount a global drive to combat the disease. It marks just the second time that the United Nations has held a summit on a health-related issue. The first one, in 2001, set goals to treat the HIV/AIDS crisis.


To find out more about this startling health trend,

  CorporateAmerica Corporate America's Eldercare Crisis

Corporate america


Eldercare is becoming a big issue for corporate America. Increasingly, employees find themselves struggling to juggle both work and caring for their aging loved ones. Distractions at work and time off related to providing care are costing U.S. businesses an estimated $34 billion per year. Oddly enough, most corporations have yet to recognize that incorporating an eldercare program into their benefits plan can save time and money while providing employees with a much needed perk.

Read more about the impending eldercare crisis in the workplace in this article from the Huffington Post. 

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.






Rebekah Calkins, Community Outreach Coordinator

Provides information to the community through outreach and educational presentations. She also conducts in-home assessments and works with staff to begin care for new clients.  

About Assisting Angels Home Care  

Serving the state of Idaho, Assisting Angels Home Care, Inc. has been providing personalized care at home with supporting services since 2006. Assisting Angels uses certified personnel for supervision and monitoring of all direct services, has no minimum requirement for hours for accepting clients, and does not charge separately for travel to and from the job location. All employees are bonded and insured and a complete screening and thorough background checks are performed prior to any person having contact with one of our clients or patients. Assisting Angels provides a wide spectrum of personalized in-home care services, including general homemaker, personal care, and private duty nursing for all ages.  

Visit or call 208.344.7979 (Boise), or 208.733.2550 (Twin Falls) for more information.