Oral Care and the Elderly As a group, Americans are aging, and by 2030 one fifth of the population or approximately 70 million people will be 65 years and older (National Institutes of Health [NIH], 2003). An estimated 30% of elders have limited mobility, are homebound, live in nursing homes, or are functionally dependent ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2006
Oral Care and the Elderly
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Faerella Boczko
    Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System, Bronx, NY
  • Siobhan McKeon
    Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System, Bronx, NY
  • Benjamin E. Schwartz
    Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2006
Oral Care and the Elderly
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 13-18. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.13
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 13-18. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.13
As a group, Americans are aging, and by 2030 one fifth of the population or approximately 70 million people will be 65 years and older (National Institutes of Health [NIH], 2003). An estimated 30% of elders have limited mobility, are homebound, live in nursing homes, or are functionally dependent on others in their daily life. The impact of oral, dental, and craniofacial diseases and conditions on the health and quality of life of frail and functionally dependent elders may be considerable. National surveys indicate that serious oral health problems exist even among older adults who are noninstitutionalized or nonhomebound. These oral health problems may affect general health, social well-being, and quality of life (NIH).
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