Lyford in Sacramento Bee: Older Adults Shouldn’t Have to Lose Their Teeth

Congress and the president just reauthorized the Older Americans Act, which provides nearly 12 million low-income seniors in California and across the country critical services, including nutrition, transportation and care-giving.

For the first time, the act also sets aside money to cover oral health screenings for seniors. This new provision is crucial, as older adults’ dental health can significantly impact their overall physical and mental well-being ….

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Shelley Lyford is president and CEO of the Gary and Mary West Foundation. She can be contacted at

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