CARING Connection
April 2013

In This Issue


Vitamin D to Prevent Alzheimer's

Regrets of the Dying

Boise List of Lists

Refurbished iPhones for Seniors

 videoElderly Couple Commercial Shoot:

"Baked in a buttery, flaky crust"
Hilarious elderly couple shoots a commercial
Hilarious elderly couple shoots a commercial

 clientsWhat Our Clients Are Saying About Us: Home Care Pulse 2013

Home Care Pulse, an independent quality management agency, randomly surveys our clients on a monthly basis.  Here's what two of them had to say last month: 

"They're everything we want and need, plus some."
Boise, Idaho

"Everything has been the way they said it was going to be."
Boise, Idaho
Cinnamon Rhubarb Crisp:  
Many recipes combine rhubarb with other fruits, such as apples or strawberries, but this simple Cinnamon Rhubarb Crisp recipe lets the veggie? fruit?* take center stage. (*A New York court declared it a fruit in 1947 for tariff purposes.)

If you are looking for other uses for a seasonal surplus of Rhubarb, touts 14 phenomenal rhubarb recipes
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Since 1996, April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month. We'd like to share part of Robert Louis Stevenson's poem "Over the Land Is April,"

Over the land is April,
Over my heart a rose;
Over the high, brown mountain
The sound of singing goes.
read the rest...

May you hear the song of spring this month.

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Vitamin D may prevent Alzheimer's  Elderly lady gardening 

 A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease has found that vitamin D3 and the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid that may help control inflammation and help the immune system's ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques.

United Press International highlights some of the findings in their article. Another research update suggests vitamin D influences genes for immune health.

Aside from the risks of overexposure, the least expensive and quickest way to get more vitamin D is to spend a few minutes each day in the morning sun. Additionally, highlights 12 ways to get your daily vitamin D.
 article2Regrets of the Dying
Bronnie Ware, popular blogger and end-of-life caregiver has published a book and also written an article on "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying."

One regret she mentions is when people do not live a life that is true to themselves.

However, not all had regrets. In an interview with Radio Free Europe, she states regarding those without regrets, "I think that in most cases, though, they were people who had good communication with their families."
article3 Boise -- List of Lists
Boise has been added to another list. Men's Health declares Boise as the best place for men.

Boise, ID

Health: A-
Quality of Life: A- 
Fitness: B+

Read more about why they chose Boise and view what they consider the worst places as well. has a list of lists to see other Boise rankings.  
article4Silverline -- iPhones for Seniors

A new crowd funding project by Silverline (seeking
Silverline - Smartphone for Seniors (Indiegogo campaign) 
Silverline - Smartphone for Seniors (Indiegogo campaign)
funding on Indiegogo) will donate refurbished iPhones to equip seniors.

The phone is preloaded with specifically-designed apps, including simple icons for emergency assistance, large, clickable photos for reaching contacts and health reminder alerts. has more details about acquiring these apps for yourself or a loved one.  

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, 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, Administrative Assistant 

Assists the Office Administrator with scheduling, administrative duties, and billing and payroll.

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. 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 live-in care, 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.