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Holiday Stress

We just finished a program on Supporting & Empowering the Caregiver, and as might be expected, a big piece of the program focused on self-care.  Providing care to a loved one tests the limits of our endurance.  We become physically tired, emotionally drained, and can challenge our spiritual strength.  The holidays ...more

What are irrational thoughts?

Dr. Albert Ellis, a prominent psychologist, developed the theory that if we control our emotions effectively and keep ourselves (as much as is possible!) from neurotic, self-defeating thoughts, we can lead a more fulfilled, happier life. These thoughts have been ingrained in us from childhood and have been reinforced from authority ...more

What is a hospitalist?

Some of our local hospitals are providing in-patient care by a hospitalist. Patients often do not understand how a hospitalist works in their continuum of care.  They are unsure of who is providing their care, and they think they are losing their primary care physician.  Let's start with: What IS a hospitalist?  This term was ...more

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Health Month is observed every September by health experts, health advocates, and individuals concerned with prosate health.    Designating a month for the issue serves to: Increase public awareneness of the importance of prostate health Provide easily accessible prostate health screenings Educate about risk factors and symptoms of prostate related diseases Advocate for ...more

Water, water everywhere!

We have had a LOT of rain in our area!  We were fortunate at my house - we only had about 4" of rain this past weekend.  A friend in Belmont county had 7" of rain.  Some areas got more, some less but we all received a lot of rain! Hurricane Florence ...more

Caregiver Hacks

Caregiving can be challenging, and sometimes it takes some ingenuity to solve the problems that we encounter!  But often, we can make an adaptation or a fix with easy-to find-items or items that we already have in our homes.  Here are some ideas for 'caregiving hacks' which are crafty ways to ...more

Challenging Behaviors and Dementia

Behaviors can be one of the most challenging aspects of caring for a loved one with dementia.  It is important to recognize that behaviors are a means of communication.  When verbal skills diminish and the care receiver can no longer express him/herself in more conventional means, they may do things ...more


New Medicare cards are being sent by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Social Security numbers are being removed to add a level of security and help protect Medicare beneficiaries from identity theft and fraud.  A new Medicare Beneficiary Idenfier (MBI) number will be assigned displaying a combination of 11 letters and numbers.  ...more

Older Adult Expo

The Belmont County Adult Services Coalition held the 20th annual event at the Ohio Valley Mall honoring the older adults in the community, caregivers and care receivers.  It was a great event! The event was formerly known as the Caregiver Support Fair.  We changed the name this year to reflect the ...more


The VDT is the VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR.  This FREE experience will be available at the Older Adult Expo at the Ohio Valley Mall on Tuesday, May 1.  Visit the Right at Home In Home Care and Assistance booth at the Expo to sign up.  This experience helps participants to get a feel for what our ...more

When is the Belmont County Older Adult Expo and where is it?

The Older Adult Expo (formerly the Caregiver Support Fair) will be held on May 1, 2018 at the Ohio Valley Mall from 10am - 3pm.  The event name was changed to represent our changing aging society.  We as older adults are caregivers.  We are employees.  We are retirees.  We travel.  We try ...more

Winter Wonderland?

We had snow for Christmas.  We've had frigid temperatures.  We've had winter winds.  Current temps are running below average according to our local weather men and women, and wind has made it worse, driving the single digit temps to below zero.  BRRRRRR!!!!!! Take the opportunity to check on older family and friends ...more

Should my relative continue to live alone?

Ah!  The holidays!  Time for visiting our families, enjoying conversation, baking and reminiscing.  And also a good time to assess how your relatives are doing by themselves. Here are some questions that can guide you. Has the use of the stove or other applicances become a safety issue? Are there potential safety concerns in the home ...more

Getting Rid of Our Stuff

I had the privilege of being a panelist at Oglebay Institute's Downsizing workshop this past weekend along with  Joshua Rogers, attorney, of Dinsmore & Shohl; Charlotte Pyle of Joe R. Pyle Auction & Realty Services; and, Greg Strahm of the TreasureQuest Group Appraisals.  Tim Luke also of TreasureQuest Group Appraisals ...more

New contact information for Altenheim's services

We have recently changed our communication provider and have new email addresses. You can reach Ann Koegler, Resource Services Coordinator, at  You can reach George Dakovic, Executive Director, at We have also kept our "old" email addresses! Our phone numbers remain the same.    

What is the Belmont County Caregiver Dinner?

Each year, the Area Agency on Aging Region 9 in Ohio hosts a dinner honoring caregivers in Belmont County, Ohio.  These people may care or have cared for a spouse, a parent, a child, a friend.  One caregiver is chosen to be recognized as the Caregiver of the Year.  This year's dinner ...more

I hear that Medicare cards are being changed.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working on a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft.  Teh new cards will use a randomly assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance ...more

Summer Heat - People & Animals

Summer weather is once again upon us!  For those of us who hate winter, we are extremely grateful!  To be safe in the summer heat, a few tips bear repeating: 1 - Check on your elderly family members and neighbors.  Be especially cautious if they don't have air conditioning. 2 - Older people are ...more

What does hospice for end of life care entail?

Hospice care is designed for patients who have an end of life diagnosis.  This means that the prognosis is for less than 6 months to live although some care receivers live beyond that.  When you or your care receiver is diagnosed with an end-stage illness, you may want to learn ...more

Are you lonely or are you just alone?

Many people live alone.  They may be single.  They may be widowed.  They may be divorced.  There are also people who are caring for loved ones or who are married who are lonely.  Some people do well on their own while others do not.  Those who are lonely feel solitary, isolated ...more


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