Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors: Exclusive Interview

Posted on September 29, 2016

By AEGIS Editorial Staff

(Newtown, PA) Every day, thousands of Americans wake up on their first day of retirement with no dental health benefits.The Santa Fe Group and its partners are seeking to change that, as Michael Alfano, DMD, PhD, president of the Santa Fe Group, explains in an exclusive interview with AEGIS Communications. 

Since Wednesday evening, The Santa Fe Group has been hosting a salon, Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors, in Arlington, Virginia, for dental and other healthcare professionals to discuss geriatric oral healthcare. This meeting, which has been filled to capacity, has brought leaders together to develop a national campaign to improve the understanding on aging and oral health. The event concludes Friday.

In the interview, Dr. Alfano talks with AEGIS CEO Daniel Perkins about the state of geriatric oral healthcare in America and the salon. The video can be seen below.

"This is a very important topic, and we're happy to be working with The Santa Fe Group on this initiative," says Mr. Perkins. "We believe it is essential to forge partnerships with the medical and dental communities to help expand our understanding of geriatric oral healthcare in America."

Attendees are learning about the need for oral healthcare benefits for America’s seniors and identify ways to improve access to oral healthcare for senior patients, with and without comorbid chronic illnesses, across all income ranges. Lectures specifically include discussion about access to dental benefits for the poor, near-poor, and retired middle-income seniors who do not have reasonable options for dental coverage, and therefore do not have access to oral healthcare in the absence of a Medicare benefit.

Don't miss AEGIS' video featuring an exclusive interview with Dr. Alfano.


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