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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

What is Older Americans Month?

May, 2017 is Older Americans Month!  Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories and their contributions.  The annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation's older citizens.  The 2017 theme - Age Out Lound - emphasizes the ...more

I am concerned about falls and my elderly parents!

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people 65 and over?  Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head trauma.  Falls can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active, and ...more

I just read about the A4 study for Alzheimer's. What is it?

The A4 (Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's) Study is a clinical trial now enrolling volunteers.  The study is designed for people who have the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease beginning in the brain but don't yet have any symptoms of the disease.  The study is enrolling healthy 65 - 85 year ...more

SSI vs SSDI - What's the Difference?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides minimum basic financial assistance to older adults and those with disabilites (regardless of age) with very limited income and resources.  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) supports individuals who are disabled and have a qualifying work history, either through their own employment or that of a family member ...more

Thinking about Estate Planning?

A friend sent me an article from a legal firm's blog on things that we forget to put in our estate plans, and I thought it would be worth sharing.  The blog encourages us to think about certain provisions that people often forget to put in a will that can ...more

Is Alzheimer's disease an inevitable part of aging?

NO!  We all forget things occasionally but not everyone develops Alzheimer's disease or a dementia that affects our thinking abilities.  Millions of people reach their 70s, 80s, and even their 90s with memories and cognition intact. According to an Alzheimer's Association survey, 59% of people surveyed believed that Alzheimer's is a ...more


The Belmont County Adult Services Coalition will host the 18th ANNUAL CAREGIVER SUPPORT FAIR at the Ohio Valley Mall on Tuesday, May 2 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Exhibitors from around the area will be available to help older adults and caregivers learn about services available to help them ...more

I've heard about a Caregiver Support Fair at the Ohio Valley Mall. How will it help me?

The 18th Annual Caregiver Support Fair will be held at the Ohio Valley Mall in St Clairsville OH on May 2, 2017 from 10am - 3pm.  Exhibitors from around the area bring their agency information to share so older adults,, caregivers and those with disabilities can learn about services that ...more

HUH? What did you say? Hearing loss and aging

Hearing loss can occur at any age and has many causes.  Long-term exposure to loud noises such as machinery can lead to hearing loss.  Some medications can cause or accelerate hearing loss.  Impacted ear wax, perforated membranes or otosclerosis (a disease of the middle and inner ear) can also cause ...more

I'm a caregiver and I am SO stressed!

It's so easy to get stressed when we are providing care to a loved one.  Quite often, we are still working.  We have our homes to maintain, bills to pay, shopping to do and many caregivers are raising families.  As caregivers, we may be doing the same things for our ...more

Dementia and communication

Communication is a critical component of our interactions with other people.  Think about the times you've been trying to get a message across to someone and how that message can get misdirected.  It might be the words we're using.  It might be the tone of our voice.  (Does our tone ...more

My loved one has dementia. How can I make it easier to take them on outings?

People in the eariler stages of dementia may still enjoy going to restaurants, the park, shopping or other outings.  If they are comfortable going out and if you're comfortable - keep going!  But put some thought into the outings and make some arrangements before you go. Schedule the outing for the ...more

My loved one has dementia and I need ideas for activities.

This is challenging for caregivers and it's important to remember a few things when exploring activities for a loved one with dementia.  First - remember that activities can be anything.  Activities are things that we do and can involve routine tasks like getting dressed or doing chores, as well as things such as ...more

Coping with dementia caregiving

Teepa Snow is a Caregiver Consultant and Dementia Care Education Specialist with a background in Occupational Therapy.  She has recommended 5 steps in working with a loved one with dementia. First, Ms. Snow says is to take a step back before you move forward.  Assess the situation.  What is going on?  What could ...more

How can I make the most of the time with my doctor?

So - now that we've explored how to best talk to our doctor, let's summarize and look at how we can make the most of our appointment time. Go in prepared.  Make a list of questions or concerns.  It's easy to forget a point you want to cover when you get ...more

What if I have a sensitive subject that needs discussed with my doctor?

In order to receive the best care possible, it is sometimes necessary to talk about topics that can be embarrassing or uncomfortable.  Most physicians know that problems or concerns may arise that are sensitive but in order to make the most of our partnership with our doctor, we need to ...more


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