November 2016

posted 11.23.2016
Oral health has long been shunted to the sidelines of the healthcare system, but as this issue of Generations demonstrates, oral health is interconnected with overall health and well-being. The Fall 2016 issue of Generations includes more than a dozen articles that clearly demonstrate how oral…
posted 11.22.2016
By Karen Becerra and Vyan Nguyen Despite significant advances in dentistry to prevent many oral healthcare issues, dental disease remains one of the most serious and widespread chronic health problems in America. The problem is even more severe among low-income or impoverished older adults, who…
posted 11.22.2016
By Jessica Nagro Oral health has routinely been excluded from public policy initiatives aimed at improving access to and quality of healthcare in the United States. Extending back to the debates around the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and continuing through to the more recent Affordable Care…
posted 11.22.2016
By Frank A. Roberts, Arthur C. DiMarco, Susan M. Skillman, and Wendy E. Mouradian Oral health is an integral part of overall health and an important part of healthy (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). The oral cavity is the gateway to the body and its first line of defense.…
posted 11.21.2016
By Michèle J. Saunders Generations has been published for nearly forty years, yet this Fall 2016 issue is the first to focus on oral health. In the early 1970s, more than 55 percent of older adults were completely edentulous (without teeth). Since then, one of the goals of the National Institutes…
posted 11.21.2016
By Blaine Scott Compassion fatigue, also called “vicarious traumatization”, is the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those in need and suffering. Symptoms of stress, distress, and burnout in caregivers, family members, and providers can occur without realizing it. Compassion…
posted 11.08.2016
By Lorrie Shearon and Jim Shulman Nearly 90% of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, and 80% believe their current residence is where they will always live. Unfortunately, aging in place can be difficult. This is especially true when many households with 65-74…
posted 11.01.2016
By Lori Peterson and Erin Lockwood Editor’s note: The SCAN Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation have united to fund a three-year grant to develop…