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CARING Connections Decmber 2011

In This Issue

Finding Joy and Balance During the Holidays

Can Exercise Fight Parkinson's Disease?

Common Misconceptions About Alzheimer's Disease

Updated Recommendations for Health Screening Tests After 50

2011 Long-Term Care Cost Comparison Survey Released 
Carol of the Bells  

This will get you in the Christmas spirit. Turn up your speakers for this one. 



Updated Recommendations for Health Screening Tests After 50


Health screeening  


When people reach a certain age, different aspects of health need to be assessed. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has recently updated their list of essential health screenings for both men and women over 50 years of age:


Screenings for Women


Screening for Men     

Longtermcare  2011 Long-Term Care Cost Comparison Survey Released
Care Cost 

For the second year running, average national home health care costs have remained the same, while assisted living and nursing home care continue to rise.

Understanding the costs of long-term care can help you and your loved ones plan for the future.

To find out more about the current costs of in-home and assisted living care,visit MetLife's 2011 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs.
Recipe Christmas Fruitcake
It's a shame that fruitcake as a species gets such a bad rap. With its two key ingredients - rum and butter - it ought to be a hit. This recipe includes dried fruit, instead of the glowing, candied stuff we've all learned to associate with fruitcake. The hard part is waiting for it to age! This is really tasty!
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For most of us, the holiday season serves as a welcome opportunity to reconnect with old friends and relatives. However, for home-bound seniors, the holiday season can be an emotionally draining and stressful time of year. With care and attention from friends, neighbors and family members, this year's holiday season can be joyful for all!

In the spirit of education and cooperation, we hope you will find the following articles informative and beneficial. And from everyone at Assisting Angels, thank you for your continued support. We wish you the warmest and most wonderful of holidays this year!

Thank you,   

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 


Finding Joy and Balance During the Holidays    

  Finding Joy

The holidays are not always holly jolly. In fact, many people experience exhaustion and depression while friends and family members are in the mood to celebrate. Even people who are normally cheery sometimes find themselves feeling down around the holidays, and those who have a history of depression need to be extra mindful of how they manage their holiday stress.

The good news is that, while it will likely take a little effort on your part, there are ways to combat stress and find some holiday joy this season. Keeping modest expectations of the holidays is a good start to keep from being disappointed. Don't worry about things beyond your control, take care of yourself and don't be afraid to accept help when needed. 

For more ideas of ways people can find balance, reduce stress and find ways to celebrate the festivities, read the full article on WebMD.

  FightingparkinsonsCan Exercise Fight Parkinson's Disease?

Fight Parkinsons

Exercise has many benefits, and for Parkinson's disease patients, it may serve an even larger purpose than merely maintaining fitness. Parkinson's researcher, Dr. Jay L. Alberts, discovered that, after taking a tandem bike ride with a Parkinson's patient, some of the patient's movement control symptoms seemed to temporarily disappear.

Further research seems to indicate that it isn't just voluntary exercise that has a good effect on the brain. In fact, forced exercise may alleviate even more symptoms than activities that a patient chooses to do.

To find out more about Dr. Alberts' research and the positive effects of forced exercise with Parkinson's patients, read this eye-opening article from the New York Times.

commonmisconceptionsCommon Misconceptions About Alzheimer's Disease 

Common Misconceptions

Approximately 60 percent of Americans believe that they can simply go to their doctor and take a reliable test to find out if they have Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, close to half of those surveyed believed there was a treatment available to slow the progression of Alzheimer's. Sadly, these are only a few of the common misconceptions people have about Alzheimer's disease.

These ideas seem to stem from the large amount of publicity that Alzheimer's research receives. And while there are often exciting breakthroughs in the Alzheimer's field, it is important to understand the truth about the disease and its treatments so that patients can approach diagnoses realistically.

Do you have any misconceptions about Alzheimer's? Find out what is fact and what is fiction in, this article from the AARP.


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.