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CARING Connections March 2012

In This Issue

National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA): Prevent and Treat Alzheimer's by 2025 


Aspirin May Double Risk of Macular Degeneration 


Exercise-Gaming Yields More Cognitive Benefits than Traditional Exercise 


Video of the Month

Long-Term Care Costs - Alternatives and Choiceslong ternm care costs
Planning for long-term care can be overwhelming. Make sure you know your options and that you're prepared financially. This infographic from Northwestern Mutual is a stark statistical reminder of how many people need to plan for long-term care, yet how few actually do so. 

How Alzheimer's Progresses Through the Brain   



Having difficulty understanding how Alzheimer's disease progresses? This brief animated
illustrates the different stages of the disease and shows exactly what happens in a brain with Alzheimer's.


never too old  
Turning 100 calls for a special celebration. And Dana Jackson would not be outdone.  
Recipe  Traditional Irish Stew
Irish Lamb Stew

With Saint Patrick's Day coming up I was feeling like something Irish, and I was thinking that a nice Irish lamb stew would do. This is a pretty basic lamb stew that contains lamb, onions, carrots and potatoes. You could also add parsnips, rutabaga, barley, celery, etc. Make sure to brown the meat really well. If you want the lamb to be really tender, braise it for at least two hours. Do not add the carrots and potatoes until the end, then simmer just long enough to cook the vegetables. This stew can be made with beef instead of lamb. They both work equally well. Irish soda bread can be served with the stew for a truly traditional Irish dinner.

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March is a month for developing change. It's when spring peeks a toe from the earth while winter hasn't quite yet thrown in the towel. Similarly, as a nation preparing for the aging boomer generation, we find ourselves in the midst of adapting to a changing landscape for healthcare, careers and family dynamics. Continuing to help you stay informed of new developments related to eldercare is one of the reasons we like to keep in touch with our newsletter.


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 

National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA): Prevent and Treat Alzheimer's by 2025 article01     



This past January, President Barack Obama signed the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) into law. The plan's number one goal is to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by the year 2025. And, while this time-based goal to defeat the disease may seem a bit ambitious, a number of researchers even want to accelerate the date to 2020! Based on current knowledge of the disease, NAPA researchers hope to treat Alzheimer's by targeting risk factors, such as the plaques that destroy nerve cells, with drugs. Read more about this groundbreaking effort in this USA Today article.


For a more in-depth knowledge about NAPA, preview the overview from the Alzheimer's Association or review the drafted framework for the plan.


article02Aspirin May Double Risk of Macular Degeneration

Aspirin is great for soothing headaches and is also recommended to lower the risk of heart attack in some patients. However, daily aspirin use may double a senior's risk of developing the "wet" form of age-related macular degeneration, a debilitating eye disease. A European study published in the January issue of Ophthalmology noted that about one-third of those with wet AMD consumed aspirin daily, compared with 16 percent of those with no AMD.


While further research is required to explain the association, the findings could spell trouble for millions of seniors who are on an aspirin regimen for pain, inflammation and blood clot management. To read more about this study, click here.


Read an abstract or purchase the full study.


article03Exercise-Gaming Yields More Cognitive Benefits than Traditional Exercise

It's no secret that exercise keeps our bodies and minds young and healthy. However, a new study shows that seniors who incorporate interactive video games into their workouts see even bigger benefits than just exercise alone. Assistant professor of psychology at Union College in Schenectady, NY, Cay Anderson-Hanley, stated that for older adults, virtual-reality enhanced interactive exercise, or 'cybercycling' two to three times a week for three months, yielded greater cognitive benefits and perhaps added more protection against mild cognitive impairment than a similar dose of traditional exercise.


Find out more about interactive exercise and how it can benefit your senior loved ones in this article from the Alzheimer's Reading Room.


Read an abstract or purchase the full text for the study.


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.