CARING Connection
March 2015

In This Issue


National Crisis: 1 in 3 Hospitalized Seniors Suffer from Malnutrition

Put Down the Bacon and Read This...

CDC Says Screen For Life

Hunger and Elderly Idahoans
Terrence Howard: This is Personal
Terrence Howard: This is Personal



What Our Clients Are Saying About Us:


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 caregiver shows compassion by worrying about both of us. She makes sure my husband uses his walker.
Boise, Idaho

"I really enjoy my caregiver from Assisting Angels Home Care, she has been very dependable."
Boise, Idaho
Hearty Vegetable Lasagna 
This vegetable lasagna recipe makes a delicious meat-free meal packed with lots of flavor and nutrients.

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Greetings! Trees are budding. Allergies are kicking in. And there's a sudden barrage of playful puns in the media, such as "Love Your Butt" or "No Butts About It." It's because March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and even though the tone is lighthearted, it's a serious disease.

With Spring in the air, no one wants to think about getting a colonoscopy, but be sure to get your screenings and keep in mind that good nutrition plays a key role in prevention--which may be why March is also National Nutrition month...


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Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

National Crisis: 1 in 3 Hospitalized Seniors Suffer from Malnutrition   

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A recent article from the Huffington Post says one in three elderly patients admitted to the hospital are malnourished. The causes of senior malnutrition range from cognitive decline, difficulty swallowing, difficulty preparing meals, grief, depression, and anxiety.

Would you know if your loved one isn't getting adequate nutrition? This free Nutritional Screening Tool can help you assess nutritional intake. To learn more about the unique dietary needs of people over 70, check out this printable PDF, My Pyramid for Older Adults. Post it on the wall as a handy visual reminder.      
Put Down the Bacon and Read This...   
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. And it should be a concern at every meal. U.S. News Health says colorectal cancer has one of the strongest links to diet out of all cancers. Meat products play a key role. And it's not just processed meats, such as hot dogs or sausage. In fact, most animal meats--even grilled chicken--cooked at high temperatures contain known carcinogens, according to the National Cancer Institute

Interested in learning which foods have been shown to protect against cancer? The American Institute for Cancer Research keeps an updated list of Foods That Fight Cancer.   
CDC Says Screen for Life  

In its celebrity-supported Screen for Life campaign, the CDC sends a clear message: Everyone 50 or older should get regular screenings to prevent colorectal cancer. Why wait? Precancerous polyps can be removed BEFORE they become cancer, and even the early stages of cancer can be treatable, making this leading killer a highly preventable disease.

If you're afraid of getting a colonoscopy, you aren't alone. Read these personal stories from people just like you! 
Hunger and Elderly Idahoans

According to the AARP, Idaho
ranks #15 in senior hunger with a USDA ranking of 29 for food insecurity. Check out the Hunger and Older Americans in Idaho PDF from AARP Foundation for a list of local resources to assist Idaho seniors who are in need. For more information about the Drive to End Hunger campaign, visit the official site.

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

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.