CARING Connection
January 2015

In This Issue


The Silent Thief of Sight

Natural Alternatives for Fighting Glaucoma

A Political Scientist's Reflections on the Ironies of Aging

Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Alzheimer's



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: 

"Assisting Angels Home Care has improved our lives by being here to help us so that it isn't as hard on us."
--S. B.
Boise, Idaho

"I have been so lonely since my wife passed away, but when the caregivers are here I am not lonely at all."
--H. S.
Boise, Idaho
Low Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins
Try these healthy muffins for a yummy snack loaded with lots of comfort instead of calories.
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Our New Location

join us for appetizers and drinks at our Open House on January 20th from 2 to 6pm. If you are in the area, please stop by our new office, located at 3222 W. Overland Road, Boise ID 83705. We look forward to seeing you there! 


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The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

The Silent Thief of Sight
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a
time to stress the importance of identifying this silent disease that is one of the leading causes of vision loss.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation provides a wealth of information about glaucoma. Visit this fact sheet to learn the four essential facts about glaucoma that everyone needs to know. If you or a loved one has suffered vision impairment, be sure to check out this PDF to learn what kinds of home modifications will ensure your safety and independence. 

Natural Alternatives for Fighting Glaucoma
When Stephanie Davies was diagnosed with possible glaucoma, she wasn't ready to resort to surgery to save her sight. Instead, she turned to natural alternatives. She's not the only one.
According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, alternative treatments such as an anti-inflammatory diet, vitamins C and B12, lipoic acid, magnesium and ginkgo biloba have been linked to improvements in the symptoms of glaucoma. 

While scientific data is still lacking, this article from the Glaucoma Research Foundation discusses the currently accepted natural remedies that have shown promise.
A Political Scientist's Reflections on the Ironies of Aging 

In his Bismark Tribune column,
Lloyd Omdahl, a political scientist and former lieutenant governor of North Dakota, pauses to reflect on his long life and share his candid observations about growing old. With a flare for wit and wry humor, Omdahl says he's really only learned this: Aging is just hazardous to his health.
Omdahl's humorous outlook may be giving him certain health advantages, though. This article from explains the many benefits of laughter, including improvements in both physical and mental health.

Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Alzheimer's
A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has shown promising results in the use of synthetic insulin to treat Alzheimer's patients. 
A nasal spray containing man-made insulin was shown to improve short term visual and verbal processing in Alzheimer's related dementia. 

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

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) for more information.