CARING Connection
April 2015

In This Issue


Parkinson's Disease: How Much Do You Really Know?

The Tango Helps Parkinson's

Gardening For Seniors

Saint Alphonsus Offers Healthy Aging Expo May 2nd
102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time
102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time


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 has a positive attitude. I also like the concern she has for my father. The caregiver is on time, one hundred
percent of the time.
Boise, Idaho

"If someone asked me, I would recommend Assisting Angels. I would not have any hesitation, whatsoever."
Boise, Idaho
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Strawberries are in abundant supply, so why not get creative? This lovely salad is loaded with flavor and healthy nutrients.

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Greetings! With warm weather making a more regular appearance, both caregivers and seniors can benefit from taking time to enjoy the outdoors. Also, April is National Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, so make sure you are informed about the signs and symptoms of PD.


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Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Parkinson's Disease: How Much Do You Really Know?

A recent article from Huffington Post sheds some light on all the misinformation and confusion surrounding Parkinson's Disease.

How much do you know about PD? The National Parkinson's Foundation offers an online quiz to help you test your own knowledge, as well as a list of primary and secondary symptoms, some of which might easily be mistaken for something else. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, understanding the stages of emotional reaction can be helpful when coming to terms with the diagnosis. Check out this downloadable PDF, Balance, Strength, and Movement Exercises, to assist you in developing movement strategies to offset PD symptoms.
The Tango Helps Parkinson's   
According to HuffPostFrance, dancing the Argentine Tango shows promising results in helping improve mobility, balance, cognitive functioning, and mood in Parkinson's patients. 

Additionally, a recent study from Washington University School of Medicine provides supportive evidence that dance helps fight PD symptoms.

Gardening for Seniors 

You've seen those gardens...the one's that have been lovingly tended over the course of a lifetime. Losing the ability to garden can be an emotionally difficult experience for seniors. While loss of mobility may change the way you garden, it doesn't have to end it. According to an article from, a little planning for easy-care and accessibility helps seniors continue enjoying the health and emotional benefits of their treasured pastime.
Saint Alphonsus Offers Healthy Aging Expo May 2nd

Make sure to schedule out some time on Saturday, May 2nd, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., to attend the Healthy Aging fitness_woman.jpg Expo. Some topics:
  • Balance & Fall Prevention lecture
  • Stroke Prevention lecture
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Hearing Testing
  • Blood Pressure
  • Pharmacy & Medication info
  • and much more!
This is a free event, featuring screenings, breakout sessions, over forty vendors, and information on avoiding caregiver burnout. Visit the Saint Al's website for more information and to register.


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.