The Signs of Financial Elder Abuse

Elder Financial AbuseHere at Encompass, we work to prevent elder abuse. Elder abuse can take several forms, but its most common form is financial abuse. In a 2011 survey, seniors stated that financial exploitation was the most frequent type of abuse they experienced. Financial elder abuse is broadly defined as illegal or improper use of a 60+ individuals funds, property, or assets. It is common for seniors to be scammed by strangers, silently robbed by caretakers, or finically abused by their own family. Sometimes the victim is aware of the abuse, but feels threatened or trapped. Other times, the abuse goes undetected and is only caught after hundreds of thousands of dollars have been taken. Read more

Four Undeniably Positive Parts of Aging

Photo by dougbelshaw via FlickrHere are Encompass, we witness the good and the bad in aging. Today we want to share four undeniably positive parts of aging.

1. Science now shows that age does, in fact, bring wisdom. Studies comparing brain scans of young and old adults show that as we age, we learn to distribute our efforts when thinking more efficiently. The study proved that older adult react more calmly to their own mistakes, allowing them refocus and fix certain problems as efficiently as the faster more hot-headed young adult participants. Read more

Talking about Money, Power, and Love with Parents

TAlking about Money Power and LoveCare Conversations supplies a lovely list of suggested books on caregiving. They also make some handbooks available on their site. Here at Encompass, we encourage research but also understand sifting through the vast amount of information and perspectives on the options and considerations for your parent can be daunting.

In this blog post, we will look at one handbook provided by Care Conversations, Fire Drill by John W. Gibson, DSW, and Bonnie Brown Hartley, Ph.D. Read more

Home Health Care Links April 2014

Home Health Care Links April 2014

home Health Care Links via Kalamazoo Gazette

At Encompass, we are constantly reading new things about aging. We invite you to look at some links that portray fresh or interesting perspectives on the topic along with a special link to an online discussion on aging hosted by the Washington Post this month.

Carolyn Rosenblatt shares a short article on the power of developing new friendships and combating loneliness later in life Read more

Three Signs Your Parents Need More Help

3 Signs your parents need more help

Everyone ages and everyone ages differently. Often aging is gradual and it can be hard to distinguish to what extent it is affecting the life of a loved one. At some point the physical, mental, and emotional changes make living alone dangerous and it is necessary to get some extra help. When is it appropriate to start looking for those care options? At Encompass we look for several signs. Here are three:

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Proper Denture Care for Seniors

Proper Denture Care for Seniors

Throughout this series, we’ve discussed oral health for seniors, from oral health related issues and their statistics, to proper care of your teeth.

As we mentioned, taking proper care of your teeth may help you prevent getting dentures as you age. However, in some instances, dentures are an unavoidable fact of some seniors lives. Read more

Seniors: Caring for Your Teeth

Seniors--Caring for Your Teeth

On Monday, we opened our series on oral health care for seniors by giving you a few statistics in regards to oral health care, as well as common oral health related issues.

As we mentioned, old age and dentures is a combination that’s often considered an inevitable fact of senior life. However, with proper care of your teeth, you or your aging loved one can keep that smile for many years to come.

To show you what we mean, here are a few tips to consider when caring for your teeth. Take a look below: Read more

Introduction to Dental Care for Seniors

Introduction to Dental Care for Seniors

Dentures and old age: the combination is a stereotype that we usually think of as an inevitable part of senior life.

But despite what you may think, not all seniors lose their pearly whites in old age. With proper care and an understanding of how oral health works, you or your aging loved one can keep your smile for many years to come. Read more

Pets for Seniors: Cats, Other Animals, and Caring for Your Pet

Pets for Seniors--Cats, Other Animals, and Caring for Your Pet

Throughout this series, we’ve outlined some of the great benefits of having pets in your home, as well as some considerations you should take when picking out a pet, such as a dog.

We’ve already mentioned a few things to consider when picking out a dog, but since dogs aren’t for everyone, we thought we would take a look at a few other pets that also make a great addition to any home. Take a look below: Read more

Pets for Seniors: Choosing the Right Dog

pets for seniors

On Monday, we opened our series on pets for seniors, outlining some great benefits of having them in your home.

As we mentioned, pets can be a wonderful addition to any home, providing a sense of companionship, responsibility, and renewed sense of value in you or your aging loved ones life.

Now that you have a better understanding of what pets can do for you, we are going to help you maximize those benefits by showing you how to go about choosing the right pet for you and your lifestyle. Take a look below: Read more