As the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry is now a component of the Federation that also includes the American Association of Hospital Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, there are increased responsibilities for the three organizations. As a Federation, we will grow together as well as individually. There will be an exchange of knowledge and ideas, the establishment of guidelines and policy, and a discussion of future goals and mutual interests. Each organization of the Federation will maintain its individual identity and will pursue its own objectives related to helping the dental profession meet the immediate and future dental needs of different segments of the population. The American Society for Geriatric Dentistry will continue to direct its efforts toward enhancing its national leadership role in improving the oral health of older adults through education. research. and service. To help improve the quality of life of older adults through better dental health, it is essential for dental practitioners, dental hygienists. educators. and researchers to work together to pool their expertise, knowledge, and resources. How can we best be prepared to meet the challenges of the delivery of dental care to the older population in the future? What are some of the important factors that should be explored further to accomplish this effectivelyâ? We must focus on both research and education. We must conduct more comprehensive studies to better determine . , . -The oral health status of the older population, including root caries. periodontal disease, tooth loss, oral cancer. etc. -The correlation of diet and nutrition with oral health status. --Improved methods of financing dental care. -Patterns of utilization by the older adult in oral health care delivery. -Barriers to utilization of dental care. --Improved methods of delivery. -Relationship of oral health and the quality of life. --Improved methods of raising the awareness of older adults who have not traditionally sought care. -Different ways to help older individuals to recognize the need for dental care. -Attitudes and behaviors of the older adult toward dental care. We must also improve the knowledge of students and practitioners by . . . -Increasing the number of continuing education courses in geriatric dentistry for the practitioner, and broadening the range of topics addressed. -Expanding the geriatric didactic curriculum and including clinical experiences for dental students and auxiliaries. -Increasing geriatric dentistry training in the general practice residencies and various specialties. -Providing inservice training in longterm care facilities, hospitals, and institutions. --Increasing the number of geriatric dentistry fellowships and advanced training programs. In addition, the dental profession should initiate and promote interactions with nondental organizations that are interested in the health care of the older population. From the results of research activities and the expansion of educational opportunities for practitioners and students, the dental profession will be better informed and prepared to provide more effective and efficient dental care to this population. As more and more older adults seek oral care, the challenges for health care providers will become greater than ever before. Membership information Are you interested in becoming a member of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry? If so, please contact Dr. Paul Van Ostenberg, executive director, 21 1 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, 6061 1; or call 312-440-2660. Dr. Van Ostenberg can answer your questions about membership benefits and activities, and will send you a membership application and information. American Society for Geriatric Dentistry J. Block, DDS, MDS, president; Timothy McVaney, DDS, president-elect; Thurid Campbell, DDS, first vicepresident; Marie Jacobs, DDS, second vice-president; Alan Axelband, DDS, treasurer. OFFICERS: Marvin HEADQUARTERS OFFICE: Paul R. Van Ostenberg, DDS, MS, executive director, 211 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, 60611; 312-440-2661. DUES (includes subscription to Special Care): active, $90; dental hygienist, $60; resident, $28; student, $28. 48 Special Care in Dentistry, Ianuary-February 1987
Special Care in Dentistry – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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