CARING Connection
May 2013

In This Issue


 Live to 150

 Depression and Loneliness Increases Risk

 Watching the Lights Go Out

 May Tribute to Furry Friends

 videoReflections Campaign:

Instead of a video this month, we wanted to share with you photos from the Novartis Reflections Campaign

Commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis' Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's dementia. The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror.

 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: 

"I would recommend them to others and I have before. I tell them how reliable and efficient the caregivers are. They do their job very well."
Boise, Idaho

"I got all the help I needed."
Stir Fried Shrimp with Snow Peas and Ginger:  
Peas are one of the first garden harvests. Whether you are looking for yours in the yard or the supermarket, here is a delicious recipe which isn't complicated or time consuming.

Ginger has many health benefits, just like peas, and stir fry is easy to adjust according to taste.
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For many, Memorial Day begins the summer with the first camping trip, barbecue or picnic. Others spend the day in tribute -- placing flags or flowers at graveyards.

flags on graveMemorial Day began in 1868 as "Decoration Day." It was a way to honor those killed in war by decorating their graves. 

Our thoughts and thanks are still offered today, especially on the last Monday in May, for all who have given their lives through military service to our country. 

eHow has also listed other ideas for honoring living veterans and their families.

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family!

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

article1Live to 150
One of the reasons the Mediterranean Diet gains popularity might be due to the consistent discovery of new benefits.

One of the latest is the recent proof of anti-aging benefits in red wine. Resveratol is the compound responsible, and it may be available in a synthetic version within five years.

It isn't just the physical signs of aging, but also age-related diseases that resveratol combats.

Eventually, it might be used to treat one disease, while it prevents others.  
article2 Depression Combined with Loneliness
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Those with the highest levels of depression and the lowest levels of social needs fulfillment are at the greatest risk for fraud states a new study in Clinical Gerontologist.

Beware that depression sometimes masks itself as dementia, also be on the look out for seasonal depression as well.

We have many other resources available, including the pdf files, "Signs and Symptoms of Abuse" which includes signs of financial exploitation and "Warning Signs that Care is Needed" to ascertain if a loved one needs care.  
article3 Watching the lights go out
Retired Doctor, David Hilfiker, has begun a blog chronicling his decline with with Alzheimer's. The 68-year old lives with his wife in the nation's capitol.

Watching the Lights Go Out: A Memoir from Inside Alzheimer's Disease discusses day to day life and his reflections while he deals with "progressive cognitive impairment."

One of Hilfiker's goals is to dispel some of the fear and embarrassment surrounding Alzheimer's. See more.
article4May Tribute to Furry Friends

May is National Pet Month and National Guide Dog Month.

Pets can help individuals live happier and longer -- but matching an adult to the best pet is crucial. 

Here is an article  which highlights potential mismatches for elderly aging in place who are interested in finding a pet.

Income-qualified families, seniors and others who cannot afford veterinary care may receive low cost spay/neuter services through the Idaho Humane Society's H.A.R.T. program.

You may also search adoptable pets online through the Humane Society or facilities such as Simply Cats.  

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.