CARING Connection
August 2015

In This Issue


New Test Can Diagnose Dementia in Minutes


Side-Sleeping Could Lower Risk of Alzheimer's

Heart of America: Elderly Man Receives Home-Makeover After Teens' Insults

Join the Treasure Valley's Walk to End Alzheimer's

video Here's a sweet little couple who doesn't know the camera is rolling. You can tell after all these years, they still adore each other, hubby is still madly in love, with a hilarious sense of humor to boot. Enjoy!
Webcam 101 for Seniors (Who Don't Know The Camera is On)
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 really cares for my husband and shows it in everything that she does for him.
--J. A.
Boise, Idaho

"I get my free time to do what I need to do. I have peace of mind, especially since I'm very fussy with my wife's care. I can
leave and not have to worry about her."

--E. T.
Boise, Idaho
Quick Cucumber Salad
Try this quick and easy cucumber salad, complete with dill-balsamic vinaigrette, for a refreshing and healthy meal or side dish.

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The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

New Test Can Diagnose Dementia in Minutes
According to Newsmax Health, the Quick Dementia Rating System (QDRS) can accurately diagnose dementia in only three to five minutes, plus it provides a measurement of severity. The test was developed at Florida Atlantic University and has shown reliable results. It is said to be as effective as the "gold standard" currently being used today. 
Shortened time to diagnosis is important to accessing services and treatment. For a do-it-yourself alternative, download our PDF, Alzheimer's Mini-Mental State Examination. The test is quick and can be used with the help of another person at home.
Side-Sleeping Could Lower Alzheimer's Risk 
Yahoo Health says a recent study has shown sleep position affects how well the brain flushes toxins that have been linked to the development of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

The brain's waste-clearing process is the work of the glymphatic system, which also happens to be most active during sleep. Researchers say sleeping on one's side improves filtration by as much 25% compared to prone or supine sleeping. 
Heart of America: Elderly Man Receives Home-Makeover After Teens' Insults 

Sometimes the kindness of others can really touch someone's life and even inspire a community. After overhearing two teens making cruel remarks to his elderly neighbor, Josh Cyganik couldn't forget the hurt he'd seen in the man's face. ABC reports that 35 year-old Cyganik made up his mind to get involved by leading an effort to use donated materials and volunteers to give Leonard Bullock's home a makeover. 
Join the Treasure Valley's Walk to End Alzheimer's

Mark your calendar for the Treasure Valley's two-mile Walk to End Alzheimer's. The walk will begin at Kleiner Memorial park on October 3, 2015, at 11:30 a.m., following a ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Registration will begin at 10:00 on the morning of the event, or you can register online in advance.
Employee Spotlight

Patricia Farley
Field Supervisor
Patricia Farley has devoted her life to caregiving - a decision she made at the age of fourteen. Patricia went on to earn her Associates in Medical Assisting and has been a CNA for the past twenty-three years. 

Patricia describes being a caregiver as a special calling, stating, "Assisting Angels is a fitting name for what we do. I work with my heart. I'm there to be an angel for those in my care, so I'm always smiling. I'm there to help their life and accept them no matter what."

Patricia has two daughters at home, an eighteen year-old and an eleven year old foster child whom she is in the process of adopting. Patricia also has eight grandchildren, with two more due in November and December. In her free time, Patricia loves to be outside in the fresh air, walking or camping. Her hobbies include sewing, crocheting, baking, and cooking.


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.