CARING Connection
January 2016

In This Issue


Glaucoma: The Silent Thief 


Scientists Say Alzheimer's Drug Coming Soon


Med Student Develops Glove for Parkinson's Tremor

First Alzheimer's Case File Found After Nearly a Century


Vivacious 100 yr. Old
From Twin Falls, Idaho 
~ Humor, Wit, Wisdom, and Nostalgia ~ 

What Our Clien ts 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: 

"Everything about the service is above and beyond as far as I'm concerned.
Boise, Idaho

"I haven't had a caregiver who wasn't a good fit. There isn't anything that would make me more satisfied with their services."
Boise, Idaho
Hungarian Stew
This hearty stew is bursting with flavor and surprisingly simple to make. For best results, try using real Hungarian Paprika. Serve with noodles, rice, or Hungarian dumplings.

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Greetings! We hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start and you're sticking to those resolutions. While glaucoma testing may not have been on the top of your list this year, January just happens to be National Glaucoma Awareness Month. So make sure to schedule your yearly exam.

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The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief
Glaucoma can happen to anyone, regardless of age. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 5 Billion Americans have glaucoma and an estimated 4.2 billion more will be stricken before the year 2030. Dubbed "The Sneak Thief of Sight," Glaucoma can steal as much as 40% of a person's vision before any symptoms are noticed. Once vision is lost it is permanent, so i t's important to catch glaucoma early when medication or surgery can prevent or slow vision loss.

Regular vision exams are important to protect your sight and your independence, especially for those at increased risk. To learn more about risk factors, visit this article from the Glaucoma Research Foundation. If you or someone you love has already suffered vision loss, our PDF, Home Modifications for Persons with Vision Impairments, offers suggestions that can help improve safety and quality of life.
Scientists Say Alzheimer's Drug Coming Soon

According to The Telegraph, U.K. scientists believe drugs will be available within the next ten years that will prevent or drastically push back the onset of Alzheimer's. This optimism stems from current drug trials which show enough promise to indicate a breakthrough is forthcoming.
Med student Develops Glove for Parkinson's Tremor

When med student Faii Ong was assigned to care for a 103 year old Parkinson's patient, he couldn't help but feel deeply moved by her struggle to eat soup. Ong wasn't willing to accept that there was nothing anyone could do to help her. 

After researching many possibilities, Ong turned to gyroscopes--the mechanical device that most resembles a spinning top--to develop a glove that resists hand tremor. The glove has been shown to reduce tremors by as much 90%.
First Alzheimer's Case File Found After Almost a Century

In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered Alzheimer's Disease while treating 51 year old Auguste Deter in a Frankfurt psychiatric hospital. Dr. Alzheimer's took extensively detailed notes in the original case file which was lost for nearly a century until now. 

Now the  BBC says the file was discovered recently in the archives at Goethe University Hospital in Frankfurt. The file contains notes about his conversations with Deter as well as documentation of his findings during a postmortem examination of her brain. 
Employee Spotlight

Amy Ostrom
Native Idahoan Amy Ostrom has been a professional caregiver for approximately eight years, but has been in a care-giving role for most of her life.

Amy's mother was a caregiver involved in a number of various services, including providing foster care to CPS clients. While assisting her mother, Amy naturally found her way into working as a caregiver herself. Amy says, "I love it. I enjoy taking care of people and helping them out with their needs."

During her free time, Amy has a ritual of going once a week to see a movie at a theater. She also enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew. 

Thank you, Amy! We appreciate all that you bring to Assisting Angels!


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

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.