Next Free Webinar – July 20, Noon – 1:15 pm

Growing Older with a Smile:  Promoting Oral Health for Older Adults

By: Steve Shuman, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry | Co-sponsored by Oral Health America

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America’s population is rapidly aging with more natural teeth and higher expectations of maintaining oral health than ever before.  The growing recognition of the impact of oral health on overall health now makes access to dental care even more critical.  This webinar will review key oral health concerns for older adults, connections between oral and systemic health, and potential barriers to dental care for older adults, as well as resources to address them.

Objectives:

  1. Describe key oral health problems and trends in our aging population.
  2. Recognize and appreciate the close interrelationship between oral and overall health in older adults.
  3. Discuss special concerns and barriers to care for the older population and potential strategies to address them.
  4. Identify effective models and resources available for the inter-professional team to help improve oral health for older adults.

Steve Shuman, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Dr. Shuman is the Director of Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, and the Director of Graduate Education/Studies for the MS-Dentistry Program in the UMN Graduate School.  He serves as Dental Director for the Walker Methodist Dental Clinic where he teaches geriatrics and maintains his clinical practice.  Dr. Shuman’s teaching and clinical programs received the American Dental Association’s national Geriatric Oral Health Award and the 2016 Innovation Award from LeadingAge.

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Past Free Webinar – May 10, 2017

Vision Loss and the Senior Population: A Top Public Health Priority

By: Kate Grathwol, Ph.D., President and CEO of Vision Loss Resources

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The prevalence of eye diseases in an aging population is a major public health concern identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As our population ages, with the number of Minnesotans over age 65 almost doubling by 2030 , the effects of age-related vision loss will be difficult to ignore: including loss of independence, increasing incident of isolation and depression, and other negative health outcomes. Learn how vision rehabilitation can help people age in place. By learning techniques and tools, seniors can adapt to vision loss and live more independently.

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