Care-Partner Assisted Intervention to Improve Oral Health for Individuals with Mild Dementia
Principal Investigator: Ruth Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Funded by: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research | U01 Grant with Multiple Principal Investigators
Individuals living with dementia — a common chronic disease in older adults — have significantly poorer oral health than cognitively intact older adults. Maintaining good oral hygiene is a critical step in preventing deterioration of oral health and general overall health for persons with living with dementia.
This innovative intervention will help participants and care partners carry out a cooperative oral hygiene care plan to prevent deterioration of oral health, which in turn will help the individuals independently complete their daily activities and maintain their quality of life. Dr. Anderson is a principal investigator with Dr. Bei Wu from New York University and Dr. Brenda Plassman at Duke Univeristy.