Poor or neglected oral health can be a form of elder abuse and it is a serious issue. Dental elder abuse can cause pain, suffering and illness for the older person. It can even lead to cases of preventable death.
Our D.E.A.R Project is really “taking a bite out of dental elder abuse”. The media attention through Best Dentist Toronto was very important to our work in raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect from a dental perspective.
We held a launch event for D.E.A.R in early 2014 which delivered our message to key community networks. Media, prominent politicians, and health stakeholders participated including Peggy Nash, MP Parkdale - High Park; Cheri DiNovo, MPP Parkdale - High Park; Dr. Daniel Haas, Dean at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry; and Martin Chartier, the Assistant Chief Dental Officer of Canada. The event received lots of attention and coverage. Find more information about our launch event at http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/d-e-a-r-raises-awareness-of-dental-elder-abuse/article/371219.
Contact Allison Calcutt, Communications Coordinator and Project Manager at the D.E.A.R. Project/Archer Dental, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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