The Scotch Plains campus of the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions is inviting Union County residents 55 and over to attend its dental clinic for complimentary preventive dental services and seminars on nutrition and maintaining a healthy mental outlook.
Supported by a one-year, $25,000 grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care, the school is providing an interprofessional program from the departments of Allied Dental Education, Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, and Nutritional Sciences.Allied Dental Education will provide participants with x-rays, oral hygiene home care instruction, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments and dental examinations. Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions and Nutritional Sciences will present a series of “lunch and learn” seminars to disseminate information and discuss nutrition, diet and a healthy mental outlook.
“Our goal is prevention through promoting healthy habits,” explains Vaishali Singhal, associate professor in the Allied Dental Education Department and the project director. “Prevention is one of the most important keys to maintaining good overall health. We are therefore delighted to have this interprofessional opportunity to help educate participants about how to improve their preventive care.”
A required orientation will be held on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 27, when participants can
The Grotta Fund for Senior Care provides grant support to agencies which benefit older adults and their families and help them to age in place independently, safely and with dignity in their homes and communities. Grotta directs its program grant support to seniors living primarily in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and eastern Somerset counties.
The Rutgers School of Health Related Professions location in Scotch Plains is home to several departments, including Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling, Allied Dental Education, Medical Imaging Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Health Science Careers.