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CARING Connections 
MAY 2012

In This Issue

 Surprising Reasons to Give Mom Chocolate This Mother's Day  


 Tips to Save a Relationship From Caregiver Stress 


Huge Increases in Long-Term Care Insurance  


 National Senior Health & Fitness Day 


Recipe of the Month 

Save a Memory 

Longstanding supporter of Alzheimer's research, the MetLife Foundation, created where visitors are encouraged to choose a photo and MetLife will donate $1 to help find a cure for Alzheimer's. When selected, each photo shares the story of a person with Alzheimer's disease, ensuring that the person's memory will, at least in some way, go on. 

Quiz: What's Your Disease Risk? 


Developed at Harvard Medical School, this useful health quiz is meant to help users measure how lifestyle habits influence risk for diabetes, several cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke.
VideoNational Senior Health & Fitness Day


100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. on
 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 as we celebrate the 19th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Always set for the last Wednesday in May, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults.     
recipeItalian Shrimp & Rosemary Spiedini


Grilled chicken and tropical fruits seasoned with a citrusy curry sauce give this colorful salad plenty of kid appeal. It makes a great lunch or a light dinner as is, or you can create a heartier meal by serving the meat and fruit with steamed rice and side salads.


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Did you know that most family caregivers are women caring for their aging mothers? During this month we honor all of the mothers in our community who work so hard each day to make life more beautiful for those to whom they are providing care. Effective, sustainable, kind and gentle caregiving depends on meeting the caregivers' needs for nurture, reassurance, support and respite. By accepting respite or other types of care from an in-home care agency such as Assisting Angels, women can better concentrate on also being a daughter, a mother, and a spouse.


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 

Article1Surprising Reasons to Give Mom Chocolate This Mother's Day  


Chocolate. It's often the way to a mother's heart. And studies show that eating more of it may actually be beneficial. A British study suggests that eating chocolate, preferably organic chocolate with at least 72% cacao, can boost vision and spatial memory in both young and older patients.


A different study, published in 2011 in the British Medical Journal, found that eating chocolate cut the risk of various cardiovascular diseases by a third, and other studies have shown a relation between eating chocolate and lowered blood pressure, improved blood vessel health, and a better ability to regulate blood sugar.


Read the following articles to find out more about why chocolate should be on your Mother's Day gift list this year.


Chocolate Protects the Heart 


Chocolate Boosts Vision and Brain Power 

Article2Tips to Save a Relationship From Caregiver Stress 

Caring for a loved one is rewarding in many ways, and can often strengthen a relationship between a caregiver and the person receiving care. However, studies have shown that it can also be a stressful experience that can impact other relationships in the caregiver's life.


Even though caregiving is an incredibly hard task, taking a few steps to protect the other relationships in one's life, like setting periodic rituals to spend time together, will make all the difference. This article provides some helpful tips for overcoming common stresses in caregiving and suggests some specific ways to keep relationships strong.

 Article3Huge Increases in Long-Term Care Insurance


Planning for long-term care is vital to ensure that you and your loved ones are financially prepared for the care you'll need in your golden years. Recently however, many people who purchased long-term care insurance are receiving shocking rate increases to their policies. These rate hikes are due to miscalculations on the part of the insurance companies when the policies were initially priced. Costs of custodial care are rising faster than projected, and people are living longer than expected. Coupled with the fact that more people are using their policies than the insurance companies expected, many insurance companies have simply decided to get out of the long-term care game.


Read this article from to find out the latest in long-term care insurance sticker shock.


So what can be done to avoid the rising costs of long-term care insurance? This article offers two ways to hedge long-term care costs and solutions to avoid using all your assets to pay for care. It is always important, however, to consult with several financial advisors or planners before making a decision that could affect your savings.


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.