CARING Connection
November 2015

In This Issue


Neuroscientist Reveals Alzheimer's Myths and Facts


Researchers Discover Anti-Aging Drug

Champagne May Keep Dementia Away

Peanut Butter Test Detects Alzheimer's


Official Trailer
"Alive Inside"
~ The part of the brain that can appreciate music remains intact long after the Alzheimer's diagnosis ~ 

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: 

"I appreciate everything about the service, especially that they show up when they are supposed to be here and that the caregiver does whatever I ask...even helped me sort my DVDs.
Boise, Idaho

"I appreciate that I don't have to do things myself. They wouldn't get done if I did. My caregiver has a goad attitude and tries to do the best job she can."
Boise, Idaho
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Browned butter and toasted marshmallows make this a simple side dish this winter. Add a little cinnamon and/or brown sugar, and viola: an easy alternative to sweet potato souffle for Thanksgiving dinner! 

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Greetings! November brings beautiful fall leaves, the first bite of winter, and the warmth of a Thanksgiving feast. It's also National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, so be sure you know the signs and remember to be sensitive to the needs of those suffering from dementia this holiday season - and their caregivers, too.

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Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Neuroscientist Reveals Alzheimer's Myths and Facts 

While awareness of Alzheimer's has grown substantially in the past fifteen years, myths about this devastating disease still abound. Dr. James Galvin, a leading neuroscientist and developer of the Quick Dementia Rating System (QDRS), has compiled eight myths and facts surrounding Alzheimer's, hoping to shed light on the truth about prevention and detection.  

If you are a caregiver, download our PDF, Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) to learn how to screen for dementia. Also, the Memory Screening Questions PDF is a simple screen you can administer to yourself or a loved one to determine if a more comprehensive evaluation may be needed.
Researchers Discover Anti-Aging Drug
According to a recent article from BioScience Technology, researchers at the Salk Institute have found that the Alzheimer's drug candidate, J147, attacks the problem at the source - aging. The drug  shows promise in preventing and even reversing memory loss, and not only that, it also has shown anti-aging effects in mice. 

Human trials are set to begin in 2016. If J147 is found safe and effective in treating Alzheimer's Disease, the added anti-aging benefits will be a most welcome bonus.
Champagne May Keep Dementia Away

According to TLC, compounds known as phenolics can protect the brain from dementia. Champagne contains a higher concentration of phenolics than white wine. Recent research suggests that drinking three glasses of champagne a week may help improve spatial memory and prevent dementia.
Peanut Butter Test Detects Alzheimer's 

An affordable new dementia test is making headlines: peanut butter. Researchers say impairment in the ability to detect odors is often a first sign of cognitive decline. A testing procedure was developed that  measures one's ability to smell peanut butter from various distances. 

This test potentially holds great benefits for clinics with limited personnel or resources by offering an inexpensive and accessible tool to help detect dementia in its early stages.
Employee Spotlight

Pamela Love
Pamela Love is a native Idahoan who has been working with Assisting Angels for the past three years.  When asked what she likes most about her work, she is quick to reply, "Caregiving is a wonderful occupation. It comes from the heart. Of all the things I've done in my life, this is the most gratifying. Getting to know my client has been a blessing, and Assisting Angels has been a great company to work for." 

In her free time, Pamela enjoys fly fishing, traveling, and making crafts. This holiday season, she looks forward to making her own Christmas cards with watercolors.

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.