CARING Connection
January 2014

In This Issue


Alzheimer's Idaho Subsidy Program

Seniors caring for Seniors

Chronic Conditions Workshops

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

 videoBody Building Grandma   

This amazing 75 year old woman  began her career as a body builder at age 71.


What 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 one of them had to say last month: 

"I would recommend them to others and I already have."
--U. H.
Boise, Idaho

"They are very attentive and on time. They are attentive to needs."
--C. G.
Boise, Idaho

Detox Smoothies 
Smoothies are quick to replenish after a workout and offer packed nutrients for anyone who needs an extra dose of nourishment. This one is a favorite because of kale's many benefits.

Even if you are not fond of kale, most find it delicious in a smoothie. Also try substituting spinach--you'll be surprised how great this tastes! offers a total of 25 smoothie recipes. 

Serves 1-2 

handful of cilantro
1 cup kale (packed)
inch ginger
cup coconut water
1 scoop protein powder - (hemp, pumpkin or pea works great!)  

pure water

BLEND all ingredients.

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Idaho celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.--Idaho Human Rights Day this month on Monday, January 20.

If you haven't been to the  Idaho Anne Frank Memorial, it might be a good time to make the outing, provided it's a mild day. In the spirit of freedom and equality for all mankind, we wish you the very best at the start of this new year--and in the months to come!

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Reimbursement for Private In-Home Care  

Due to a recent grant from a local benefactor, Alzheimer's Idaho Subsidized Respite Program is offering local families the ability to select the private home care agency of their choice and receive a $5.00 per hour reimbursement of their home care expenses. 

This is provided for families affected by Alzheimer's and related Dementias.

For more information, please see the flyer, call or email:

Jerri Stanfield, Executive Director
Alzheimer's Idaho 208-914-4719 
Increasing Demographic for Senior Care: Other Seniors

Alzheimer Association's latest facts and figures
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2013 
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2013
show that in 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Obviously, the cost to the caregiver is much greater when travel is included. 

Associated Press reports that a greater number of seniors are providing care for other seniors. It is estimated that 29 percent of caregivers are age 55 or older, as reported in this Idaho Statesman article.
Upcoming Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops


Friends in Action (FIA), a unique program serving family caregivers,Living Well in Idaho Classes is offering proven strategies in their Living Well in Idaho workshops to improve quality of life for those suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, asthma, depression and more.

The next available course meets at Humphreys Diabetes Center in Boise on Tuesday, January 21 through February 25, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

See their website for other classes available or more details on the Living Well in Idaho course, including alternate dates and sessions.  
article4Increase Fiber -- Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

British Medical Journal (BMJ) an open access, peer reviewed medical journal, reports a nine percent risk reduction of Cardiovascular Disease with a daily seven gram increase of  fiber consumption.
Veggie Shishkabobs
That's about two to four servings of fruit and  vegetables. 

Among the different fiber sources evaluated, the greatest benefit was observed with insoluble fiber, where the seven gram daily increase showed 18 percent reduction in Cardiovascular Disease risk.

See this month's recipe (left) for a simple way to increase your fruits and vegetables.  

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, VP/COO
Director of Operations and Community Liaison for the Treasure Valley

Sherry Atwell, Office Administrator

Manages Operations and Scheduling of Direct Care services



Rebekah Calkins, CFO 

Manages billing, payroll and financial affairs 






 Sonya Harris

Sonya Harris, Client Care Coordinator

Provides quality client care and supervision of direct care services for the Treasure Valley.


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.