Dental Hygienists' Association
NEWS YOU CAN USEOral Health America
"A State of Decay, Volume III
A State of Decay Vol. III by Oral Health America (OHA) is a state-by-state report of the oral health of the country's 65+ population and the success or failure of states to address those needs. The 2016 State of Decay is the 3rd in a series of reports from OHA surveying the state of oral health for older Americans. It is one of five strategies for OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project®, a program designed to meet the oral health challenges of a burgeoning population of community dwelling older adults, their family caregivers and the health professionals who work to help them age healthily and independently.
Looking for Oral Care in NJ?
For Low Cost Preventive Care & Referrals for Needed Dentistry, consider these dental hygiene educational programs. All students are supervised by licensed dentists and dental hygienists.
Bergen Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic—201.447.7180
Eastern International College Dental Hygiene Clinic-201.630.2080
Middlesex County College Dental Hygiene Clinic-732.906.2536
Rowan College at Burlington Dental Hygiene Clinic-609.894.9311 x1074
Camden County College Dental Hygiene Clinic-856.374.4930
For financial assistance with dental care, consider:
New Jersey Dental Clinic Directory 2016
The New Jersey Dental Clinic Directory is designed to assist people who have difficulty accessing dental care due to insurance or financial constraints. Many of the clinics have financial and/or residency requirements. Patients should be advised to call for an appointment and ask about required documentation regarding income or residency.
Dental Lifeline Network NJ
For these donated dental services (emergency care is NOT provided), applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:
• Have a permanent disability, or
• Are elderly: age 65 or older, or
• Qualify as medically fragile
LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES
Search for Long-Term Care Facilities
Source: NJ Department of Health
Includes: Nursing homes, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care and more. Search by County Health Care Association of NJ
The Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ) is a non-profit trade association representing long term care providers who believe that the individuals they serve are entitled to a supportive environment in which professional and compassionate care is delivered. This belief compels HCANJ and its members to advocate for individuals who, because of social needs, disability, trauma, or illness, require services provided in a long term care setting, while also advocating for the long term care provider community.
HOW CAN I DO MORE?
NJDHA Task Forces
Whether gathering resources, providing input, or volunteering for a community event - your participation is welcomed! Contact Executive Director Becky Pugh firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Geriatrics Study Club
NJDHA Member Benefit offers 1 CEU via conference call, 4 times per year. No fee is required. The Study Club reviews a published article than holds a one hour discussion or presentaiton. Registration for each study club is via email with Central Office.
Click Here for 2017-2018 info.
The New Jersey Coalition for Oral Health for the Aging (NJCOHA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the oral health of New Jersey's elderly citizens. Volunteers may be active professionals, students, or retired professionals. Work will include advocacy, education, research and action. Initially begun by Dr. Sam Zwetchkenbaum, NJCOHA is now housed with the
New Jersey Dental Hygienists' Association (NJDHA) NJDHA represents NJCOHA with the following:
- New Jersey Oral Health Coalition
- Oral Health America
Resources for Older Adults
Oral Health America (OHA)provides a variety of resources for professionals and older adults;
go to Tooth Wisdom
Resources for Professionals
Maintaining Dental Health
Click here to access the article on page 7 in Renaissance Magazine
Linda Knudsen, RDH, MSW and Samuel Zwetchekntbaum, DDS, MPH
NJ Foundation for Aging
REPORT ELDER ABUSE
Elder abuse can take many forms, either as abuse or neglect in the physical, psychological, or financial realms. Any of these may become apparent in a dental hygiene visit. Any licensed or certified individual is mandated to report such abuse in their professional role.
Dr. Sylvia Presto has published an article in the Winter 2015 NJ Foundation for Aging's Renaissance: "Elder Financial Abuse, A Violation of Trust"
Click here to access the magazine, and scroll to page 14
To report suspected abuse, contact NJ Adult Protective Services in the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services. Click here for a Department of Aging flyer that provides information and contact info for most counties.