Dentists Can Fight Elder Abuse
When an 87-year-old dental patient showed up at a clinic without an appointment one spring day in 2007, she appeared confused and unkempt. Previously, she had phoned her student dentist because she was perplexed about her upcoming appointments. Suspecting something deeper was at play than a presumed memory lapse that might be attributed to aging, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) dental student discussed the incident with her group-practice director as a possible sign of elder abuse and neglect (EAN). Taking the director's advice, the dental student contacted a hospital social worker and escorted the patient to the social worker's office.
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Publication information: Article title: Dentists Can Fight Elder Abuse. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Aging Today. Volume: 29. Issue: 6 Publication date: November/December 2008. Page number: 5+. © American Society on Aging Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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