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National Report: Oral Health of Older Americans In A ‘State of Decay’

November 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Oral Health America Launches First-of-its-Kind Website to Connect Older Adults to Affordable Dental Care and Resources

The oral health of older Americans is in a state of decay, according to a new national report released today by Oral Health America (OHA).  A State of Decay, a state-by-state analysis of oral healthcare delivery and public health factors impacting the oral health of older adults, reveals more than half of the country received a “fair” or “poor” assessment when it comes to minimal standards affecting dental care access for older adults. Florida and Arizona, areas with large older adult populations, rank in the bottom five states due to a shortage of oral health coverage, a strained dental health work force, and deficiencies in prevention programs.

“While we are seeing improvements in certain areas of older adult dental care, there is still a lack of progress in advancing the oral health of such a vulnerable population,” said Dr. Ira Lamster, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, ColumbiaUniversity, Mailman School of Public Health. “Older adults face significant health challenges if their oral health is poor, and there is no coordinated program to help fund necessary services.”

A State of Decay gave a rating of “fair,” “poor,” “good,” or “excellent” based on state level data analyzing five variables impacting older adult oral health: adult Medicaid dental benefits, inclusion of older adult strategies in state oral health plans, edentulism (loss of teeth), dental health professional shortage areas, and community water fluoridation.

The final evaluations in the report for each state are mixed, with several states performing well in some variables, but still in need of improvement in other important areas. The top findings of this report that require scrutiny and action are:

  • Persistent lack of oral health coverage across much of the nation. Forty-two percent of states (21 states) provide either no dental benefits or provide only emergency coverage  through adult Medicaid Dental Benefits.
  • Strained dental health work force. Thirty-one states (62 percent) have high rates of Dental Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSAs), meeting only 40 percent or less of dental provider needs.
  • Tooth loss remains a signal of suboptimal oral health. Eight states had strikingly high rates of edentulism, with West Virginia notably having an adult population that is 33.8 percent edentate. Photo – PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com
  • Deficiencies in preventive programs. Thirteen states (26 percent) have upwards of 60 percent of their residents living in communities without water fluoridation (CWF), despite recognition for 68 years that this public health measure markedly reduces dental caries. Hawaii (89.2 percent) and New Jersey (86.5 percent) represent the highest rates of citizens unprotected by fluoridation, an unnecessary public peril.

Daily, 10,000 Americans retire and only 2 percent do so with a dental benefit plan. The State of Decay analysis provides a tool for states to use in addressing shortfalls in oral health status, dental professional access sites, dental benefits for low-income adults, and population-based prevention, all of which affect the oral health of older adults, the fastest growing segment of the American population.

To help older adults and their caregivers address oral health needs and overcome many of the barriers to accessing affordable dental care, OHA launched toothwisdom.org. The website is a first-of-its-kind online tool that connects older adults to dental care and educates on the importance of maintaining oral health with age. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) supported OHA and the launch of the website by encouraging their members to provide meaningful articles for the toothwisdom.org.

“Dental Hygienists have the opportunity to assist older Americans with the oral health challenges they may face as they age,”” said Ann Battrell, Executive Director, American Dental Hygienists’ Association. “We’re all committed to sharing the message that oral health matters and changing the common misperception that with age comes a decline in oral health.”

Few websites focus on oral and systemic health topics, and even fewer provide resources for older adult oral health. Toothwisdom.org offers oral care resources by state – including direct links to dental care, caregiving support, financial tools, social services, and transportation. It also shares the latest news and reliable health information from dental experts across the country on relevant oral health issues, the importance of continuing prevention with age, and the impact of oral health on overall health.

“My dental procedures have been very costly and I had to contact a social worker to help me understand my bills. Dental care should be more available and affordable because we know poor dental care affects overall health, which is particularly important for seniors,” said senior Patricia Cosgrove, a client of The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Inc.  “Toothwisdom.org can help me find a community health center so I can finally get an affordable check-up and stay up-to-date on oral health information.”

A State of Decay and toothwisdom.org are part of Oral Health America’s Wisdom Tooth Project™, an initiative designed to meet the oral health challenges of a burgeoning population of older adults with special needs, chronic disease complications, and a growing inability to access and pay for dental services.

Links to the 2003 and 2013 editions of A State of Decay can be viewed on toothwisdom.org.

About OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project
For 55 years, Oral Health America has been the leading national non-profit dedicated to improving the oral health and well-being of Americans throughout the entire spectrum of life. Over the decades, the organization has evolved and adapted to the dynamic nature of our country’s demographics and specific health needs. The Wisdom Tooth Project was born in 2010 due to the current and future implications of an aging population and the need for oral health resources for them mean that we must take meaningful action now.

About Oral Health America
OHA is a national, non-profit association dedicated to changing lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to oral health care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit www.oralhealthamerica.org.

Why Do Senior Citizens Need Travel Insurance? by Troy Benning

April 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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There are a lot of senior citizens that love to travel and see the world, but  they don’t know how much they need to be covered while their in the air. Senior  travel insurance is really perfect for seniors who love to always travel, as  they will be protected at all times. They will be fully protected while they are  overseas. If they are in need of medical assistance or simply any kind of  assistance, their travel insurance will be there for them to solve the problem.  So basically, they don’t have to worry about anything when they’re on a  vacation. This is a very important coverage that every senior that loves to  travel needs. If you are a senior citizen that loves to travel, you have to make  sure that you are safe if ever an incident occurs.

  • What is senior travel insurance?

 

Senior travel insurance is a type of insurance coverage that will protect the  senior citizen if any incidents occur while they are overseas. The great thing  about this coverage is that you can have a peace of mind to know that no matter  what happens to you, their will be someone to help you. If you need help to find  your lost luggage, or missing travel documents, there will be special assistance  available for you anywhere around the world.

  • Why do senior citizens need travel insurance?

 

Seniors don’t have an idea of what can happen to them while they are  traveling. If you go to a foreign country, you can accidentally eat or drink  something that your body system cannot manage. If something like this does  occur, your senior travel Insurance will cover and take care of you so that you  can continue your vacation.

  • How much is the coverage for senior travel insurance?

 

The premium is based on the actual age of the senior, health status, and the  area they live in. There are rules and  restrictions, but your insurance agent  will be glad to explain to you what they are so you can avoid any delays. They  can do other different types of coverage that will be perfect for you so that  you will be able to find a coverage that meets your budget.

There are many insurance companies that may offer this type of coverage  online. However, you must make sure that you are dealing with the right company  that will provide you a coverage that is actually needed. Try not to deal with  anyone who isn’t licensed or registered with the Department of Insurance, as  they may not provide any coverage for you if you are actually in need of help.  These people only want to collect your monthly premium and will not give any  service whatsoever. Don’t let these con artists take your money, as they are  very manipulative. It is advisable to contact your nearest Department of  Insurance for more information about unlicensed solicitors. This will give you  an idea of what you should do to avoid getting ripped off.

To learn more about senior citizen travel insurance and travel insurance comparison, visit  TravelInsuranceFacts.net.

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