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CARING Connections February 2012

In This Issue

FDA Warns Against Prescribing Antipsychotics for Dementia Patients

Test Your Blood Pressure IQ

AGNES Aging Suit

Worms Could be Key to Cure for Parkinson's

Video of the Month

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February is Women's Heart Health Month Test your blood pressure IQ with the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Quiz.


2011 Statistics Show the Astronomical Economic Value of Family Caregivers  




Family caregivers are invaluable resources, not only for their family members in need, but the U.S. Health Care and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) as well. This Article from AARP outlines just how valuable their contributions are.  


Click Here for the full report.    

Tough Love

Dad shoots his daughter's laptop after she posts on Facebook. Watch video here
Recipe     Leg of Lamb
Leg of Lamb

I cooked this last week, and my husband complimented me on it (compliments are rare with him), so I know this is an exceptional dish. I had never cooked leg of lamb before, so I was very pleased with the results. I hope you enjoy it! Lamb is wonderful served with mint jelly and gravy.

 Here is the recipe. 

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Valentine's Day has many of us thinking about the people we love. Don't forget to also do something special this month for the loved seniors in your life. An unexpected phone call, card or special outing can mean the world to a senior who might feel lonely this time of the year. February is also Women's Heart Health Month. Have you checked your blood pressure lately and are you eating a diet low in sodium and fats? It's never too late to start a healthier diet and exercise regimen to protect your heart.


In the spirit of education and cooperation, we hope you will find the following articles in this month's newsletter informative and beneficial.


Thank you,


 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 


FDA Warns Against Prescribing Antipsychotics for Dementia Patients    


Dementia can often present with some aggressive behaviors as patients become disoriented or confused. When this happens, many caregivers look for the quick solution of medications like Seroquel or Zyprexa, often used to treat people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, the Food and Drug Administration warns against this prescription for dementia patients due to the drugs' tendencies to raise blood sugar and cholesterol, which can be dangerous.


Instead, a more proactive approach is recommended for those suffering from dementia. Caregivers should ensure that dementia patients are in a familiar environment and on a routine that is comfortable and suitable for their condition and the side effects that go along with it. For more information on the hazards of improperly medicating patients with dementia, Read this article from the Huffington Post.

  AgnesAGNES Aging Suit


What is it like to walk a mile in an older senior's shoes? The Age Gain Now Empathy System (AGNES) can help you find out. AGNES is a suit developed by MIT's AgeLab researchers that is used to demonstrate the potentially diminished motor skills, vision, flexibility, and strength of a person in his or her mid-70s. Used in retail, public transportation, and workplace environments, AGNES is helping people gain a better understanding of and empathy for the physical limitations that older adults face.


As age demographics continue to shift toward an older population, the AGNES aging suit can help developers understand just how difficult certain tasks of daily living can be for older adults, and create products that will help make life easier and engaging for people of every age. Click Here  to read more about this revolutionary suit and to watch the video.


Click Here for a detailed look at the AGNES suit. 

WormsWorms Could be Key to Cure for Parkinson's

Researchers at TheWorms

University of Texas may have found an important key to finding drugs to treat or potentially cure Parkinson's disease-worms. The roundworms are genetically modified to have a dopamine deficiency similar to that in Parkinson's. Because roundworms and humans share a similar genetic structure to their dopaminergic systems, researchers can study the effectiveness certain drugs have on the worms' movements and conclude they could have similar results in humans with Parkinson's disease.

This breakthrough model is cheaper and faster than the typical testing, and researchers believe that they may be able to test roughly 1,000 drugs a year using worms. For more information on the Parkinsonian worms, Read this Article from the University of Texas.


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.