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Dental care adjusts for frail seniors

from The Sacramento Bee

Diann Azevedo makes house calls. As a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice — whose clients include the frail, homebound elderly as well as the developmentally disabled — she is part of a growing movement to take routine dental care out of the office and into vulnerable patients' homes. She even totes a portable dental chair in her car, along with a large kit stuffed with dental supplies. "Has your mother had any changes in her medications?" she asked Jeanne Andrews, whose mother, 80-year-old Dolores Hanson, has advanced-stage Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia. For Hanson, the dental chair wasn't necessary. more

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