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May is Older Americans Month

Honor the elderly in your community by celebrating Older Americans Month in May.

The Administration on Aging, an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, encourages Americans to “unleash the power of age in your community”. The AoA invited organizations to celebrate the achievements of older Americans by nominating a leader who is using his or her talents and expertise to make a positive impact in her or her community or beyond.

Visit unleashthepower.challenge.gov before May 28 to vote for an older American who is unleashing the power of age. The top three winners will be announced on May 31.

The AoA also recommends using social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to promote Older Americans Month online. Visit the AoA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AoA.gov, or search for #unleashage on Twitter to see posts on the recognition month.

Taking good care of your teeth and dental health is especially important for aging Americans, according to the American Dental Association. One common misconception is that losing teeth is inevitable, but if cared for properly, teeth can last a lifetime.

The ADA recommends older Americans brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles; floss once a day; clean pull or partial dentures every day; and drink tap water to benefit from any fluoride in the water. The ADA recommends people quit smoking, as it increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, and visit the dentist regularly for a complete dental checkup.

For more information on aging and oral health, visit www.MouthHealthy.org and search for “Aging and Dental Health” under A-Z Topics.

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05/22/2013

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