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How Much Do You Know About Caring for Senior Patients?

Oral health professionals should stay up to speed on the ins and outs of caring for senior patients as this population continues to grow.

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According to data from the 2010 census, how many Americans are older than 65?

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Americans born between 1922 and 1945 are known as which generation?

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Medicare does not cover routine dental services (eg, prophylaxis, restorations, or dentures) unless additional coverage is purchased.

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As many seniors have limited dexterity and diminished peripheral circulation, devices, either homemade or commercially available, can assist patients by adapting the toothbrush or interdental cleaning aid so it is easier to use.

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If caregivers are present, you should be sure to speak directly to the caregiver, not the patient when providing oral health education.

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When addressing patients with hemianopia or hemianopsia (lack of vision on one side), you should stay out of the area that is blocked, and remain aware of obstacles in their way.

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Which may be a sign of elder abuse that you may notice while providing dental care?

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How Much Do You Know About Caring for Senior Patients?
Congrats!
Congrats! You understand the ins and outs of caring for mature patients. Get out there and put your know-how to good use!
Well done!
Well done! You’ve got the basics, but there’s more to learn. Continue to study the latest in strategies for improving patient care among seniors. You got this!
Not bad.
Not bad, but there’s room to grow when it comes to treating mature patients. Consider reading more about treating this growing patient population. Good luck!

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