As more adult children move into a time of caring for their aging parents, they will need to consider many things. Advanced directives will smooth the way. A Durable Power of Attorney facilitates financial decisions, a Living Will makes end-of-life care preferences clear, and a health care proxy provides direction in looking after loved ones.
Whether adult children choose to use an adult care facility, to use home health care workers, or to take on the role of family caregiver, dental care for seniors must be a priority. Good oral health starts at home and is a cornerstone supporting overall health and wellbeing. “You are not healthy without good oral health,” said former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, and I couldn’t agree more.
How does poor oral health affect an older person’s general health?