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

January 23, 2019 in ISSUE BRIEF, Medicare, Oral Health, REPORTS

Issue Brief: Creating an Oral Health Benefit in Medicare

Fewer than half of older adults have access to oral health care each year. One in five older adults has untreated tooth decay and 70…
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December 19, 2018 in Economic Security, Health Care, Health Care Defense, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Oral Health, Safety Net Defense, SENIOR POVERTY, Social Security, Special Report, Supplemental Security Income

Report: Older Women & Poverty

Because of structural inequities that impact women more than men, a significant percentage of older women are struggling to stay out of poverty. There are…
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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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