Summary of talk:
This presentation will cover the topics in the following areas: 1) disparities oral health and dental care use among older adults in the U.S., including disparities in region, race, and socioeconomic status. 2) Trends of oral health and dental care use in the U.S. for the past several decades. 3) The relationship between oral health and some systemic diseases, such as diabetes, and cognitive impairment. The data used to address these topics include several large epidemiological surveys including the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. This presentation will also provide suggestions to improve oral health and dental care for older adults. There are significant disparities in oral health and dental care among older adults in the U. S. Multiple approaches should be used to improve oral health status for this population. These suggestions will be provided from the perspectives of research, education, policy, and clinical services.
Dr. Bei Wu is founding Co-Director of the Aging Incubator at New York University (NYU). Dr. Wu holds the positions of Dean’s Professor in Global Health and Director of Global Health and Aging Research at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing, NYU. She is also the Director of Research at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU. Dr. Wu is an internationally-renowned leader in gerontology. As Principal Investigator, she has led a significant number of projects supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has more than 160 peer-reviewed papers that cover a variety of topics related to aging and health, including oral health, long-term care, dementia, and caregiving. Dr. Wu is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She is an Honorary Member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Dr. Wu is past- President of the Geriatric Oral Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). She was honored as the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist in Geriatric Oral Research. Dr. Wu is a frequent reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and many other international funding agencies. She is a standing member of the Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section of the NIH.