The dental health needs of low-income older adults have been neglected, especially in California, which ranks 30th among the states in dental care for older adults. Yet, oral health is a critical aspect of overall health for older adults. Untreated dental decay and tooth loss can not only lead to pain and difficulty eating, but also the worsening of chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension.

The oral health needs of low-income older Californians is a new area of advocacy for Justice in Aging, launched in July 2016.

This new project aims to improve oral health for older adults through educating local advocates and service providers on how they can help the older adults they serve access oral health care. We will also strongly advocate for both state and national policy changes to improve oral health care for California’s low-income older adults.

To kick off the new project, we released an issue brief and partnered with the Center for Oral Health in a webinar summarizing the unique needs of older adults.

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Beyond Lip Service Dental Blogs

July 19, 2018 in Health Care, Medicare, Oral Health, PRESS RELEASE

Press Release: White Paper Stresses Importance of Oral Health Care Benefit for Older Adults

Washington, DC 2018 – Justice in Aging, along with a diverse group of partners, released a white paper, An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part…
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July 18, 2018 in Health Equity, ISSUE BRIEF, Medicare, Oral Health

White Paper: An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: It’s Time to Include Oral Health in Health Care

Oral health is an integral part of overall health. Oral health problems can adversely affect one’s ability to maintain optimal nutrition, self-image, social interactions, and…
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June 19, 2018 in Advocate's Guide, Health Care, ISSUE BRIEF, Oral Health

Oral Health for Older Adults in California: Advocacy Guide

New Advocacy Guide: Oral Health for Older Adults in California Oral health affects overall health – this is particularly true for older adults. Yet, access…
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