CARING Connection
November 2014

In This Issue


Alzheimer's and The Holidays: Tips for Making the Most of This Thanksgiving

Popular "Car Talk" Co-Host Dies of Alzheimer's Complications

High Fat Diet May Decrease Risk of Alzheimer's

New Online Assessment Screens for Dimentia
Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer's Dementia
Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer's Dementia





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 two of them had to say last month: 

"The caregivers are good about asking what they can do for me. That means a lot to me because it gives me more time to do things that don't get done. Anytime someone helps me it makes my husband happy."
--P. N.
Boise, Idaho

"My communication with Assisting Angels Home Care is great...they are like real people"
--J. D.
Boise, Idaho
Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie 
A new spin on an old favorite. Make this scrumptious pie your new holiday tradition. 
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We have a NEW LOCATION!!


As of November 21st, we will be at our new building at 3222 West Overland Road, Boise ID 83705. This location is just west of Vista Avenue. We have signage on the building so it is easy to find.  


We purchased this building, allowing us to expand and improve our outreach to the Treasure Valley. You are welcome to stop in any time during business hours and see our new home. If you would like a personal tour, call us ahead of time at 208-344-7979 and Skip or Brenda will be happy to show you around.

Since November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, our theme for this newsletter is to provide you education and resources regarding Alzheimer's and related dementia. We hope you find it of value. 


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Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Alzheimer's and The Holidays: Tips for Making the Most of This Thanksgiving
Between the cooking, the travel, the house guests, and the first signs of Black Friday on the horizon, Thanksgiving can be a challenge for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. These downloadable tools can help you minimize the stress.
The Alzheimer's Association also offers great suggestions to help ensure your holiday season is a memorable celebration for everyone.

Popular "Car Talk" Co-Host Dies from Alzheimer's Complications
Tom Magliozzi (left) and his brother Ray
Tom Magliozzi entertained and educated millions of listeners as a co-host on the popular NPR show, Car Talk. Sadly, Magliozzi passed away earlier this month due to Alzheimer's related complications.

Executive producer, Doug Berman, released a statement on behalf of the Magliozzi family asking that in lieu of flowers, listeners and friends might instead make a donation in Tom's memory to the Alzheimer's Association or their favorite public radio station.

If someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, this article from the Alzheimer's Association is a good resource to help you cope with the emotions of grief and loss you may be experiencing. The Alzheimer's Navigator is a great tool for building your action plan and connecting you to local resources. 

High Fat Diet May Decrease Risk of Alzheimer's


According to a news release from the University of Copenhagen, a high fat diet may be good for your brain.
New research shows medium chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconut oil, act similarly to ketones--the brain's energy food, helping to postpone brain aging, and hopefully, protect against dementia.  
These findings seem to agree with Dr. Bruce Fife, a Naturopathic Doctor who has written an interesting article that discusses the parallel between the rising Alzheimer's epidemic and the popularity of low-fat diets.
New Online Assessment Screens Dementia

about those times when your memory seems to increasingly fail you? So was 65 year old, Carol Ann Alloway. Because of her family history of Alzheimer's, her worries prompted her to take a new online brain assessment, says The National Post. The test was quick and put her worries to rest with a good score for her overall cognitive health.    

The Cogniciti Test is a twenty-minute assessment for anyone 50-79 years old. It's available at no cost and provides an instant brain health score. The test can be repeated in the future to track changes in memory.

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

Jennifer Hochstrasser, 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.