Keynote Speaker: Marie Bernard (National Institute of Aging)Presented by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Oral Health America and the New York Academy of Sciences
Reported by Marilynn Larkin | Posted January 11, 2010
As the baby boom generation gets older and lives longer, sheer population numbers alone mean that cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and other medical conditions related to aging are likely to increase in prevalence in the coming years. The picture is similar in dentistry, where root caries, oral fungal infections, oral cancers, and osteonecrosis of the jaw (a rare side effect of taking bisphosphonates to prevent osteoporosis) are emerging as areas of increasing concern. Despite this important demographic shift, the United States healthcare system does not have sufficient doctors and dentists trained in geriatric medicine and dentistry to address it. Considering mounting evidence suggesting that oral health is a reflection of and contributes to systemic health, there is also a lack of awareness among doctors of oral health issues relevant to their work, and among dentists of important medical issues that affect oral health.
In an effort to improve communication and collaboration between disciplines, this conference explored areas where oral and systemic health overlap in the aging population, and considered how to create more effective partnerships between dentists and medical doctors to ensure better, more integrated geriatric health care. In addition to the topics mentioned above, speakers addressed connections between oral health and Alzheimer's, issues related to pain management, new salivary diagnostics for systemic health, relationships between candidiasis and immune system dysfunction, and future convergences between disciplines in the context of regenerative medicine.
The event, Collaborative Health Care for Older Adults: A Symposium for Creating Dialogue between Medicine and Dentistry, was a continuing medical education activity sponsored by the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. Conference program copyright © 2009 Trustees of Columbia University. All rights reserved.
National Institute on Aging Deputy Director Marie Bernard explains why the aging of America over the coming decades will place unprecedented strains on the U.S. healthcare system.
Ira Lamster, Dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, describes the challenges of delivering good oral care to older patients, and why integrating medicine and dentistry can improve patients' overall health.
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Speakers featured in this eBriefing include:
Marie Bernard (National Institute on Aging)
Douglas B. Berkey (University of Colorado Denver)
Cynthia Boyd (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Kenneth Brummel-Smith (Florida State University College of Medicine)
Daniel Malamud (New York University College of Dentistry)
Jeremy J. Mao (Columbia University College of Dental Medicine)
Richard Mayeux (Columbia Uniersity College of Physicians and Surgeons)
Carol Raphael (Visiting Nurse Service of New York)
M. Cary Reid (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Joshua Willey (Columbia Uniersity College of Physicians and Surgeons)
David J. Zegarelli (Columbia University College of Dental Medicine)
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