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CHICAGO -- Efforts to improve access to dental care for older Americans received a $250,000 boost, thanks to a grant from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to the ADA Foundation (ADAF), charitable arm of the American Dental Association (ADA).
The grant will be used to establish an "Initiative on Older Adult Access to Oral Health Care," spurring development of programs to help older Americans who face financial or other challenges in accessing dental care. Unlike other age groups, few governmental programs cover dental services for older Americans. Only about 22 percent of adults over age 65 have private dental insurance. However, as more …