Oral health assessment and promotion in older adults by health-care providers
To promote oral health policies for older Europeans; provide best practice guidelines and strategies for oral health prevention, promotion and treatment; support educational activities in Gerodontology for health care providers; foster research in the area of Gerodontology; support interprofessional collaborative practice in oral care for the older people; collaborate with other SIGS and health/ scientific organisations in the areas of oral health research, practice and education.
Relevance for the purposes of the EuGMS
The aims are in accordance to the mission of EuGMS to supporting health prevention, promotion and evidence-based practice strategies for older adults, oral health education to non-dental health care providers and interdisciplinary management of the older individuals.
Anastassia Kossioni, Associate Professor in Gerodontology, Dental School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2 Thivon str., Athens 11527, Greece
Frauke Müller, Professor and Head at the Department of Gerodontology and Removable Prosthodontic, Dental School, University of Geneva, CMU 1 rue Michel-Servet, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
N° of members: 15
Expected method of work
Collaboration with other EuGMS SIGs and Scientific/health Societies/Organizations; publication of manuscripts; presentations at congresses/workshops.
First expected outcome and approximate date of completion
The already established in 2016 T&F Gerodontology with the collaboration of the EuGMS and the European College of Gerodontology has already published one position statement on geriatric oral health in JAGS, one invited Editorial in EGM and practice recommendations for non-dental healthcare providers in JAMDA. Moreover, it has organised a Gerodontology symposium at the 2018 EuGMS conference. Future activities: Collaboration with the SIG Education & Training for adding oral health topics in the European undergraduate Geriatrics curricula and adding Gerodontology topics in the European Geriatrics Education Survey.
Furthermore, a Delphi project is ongoing on to define a standard of oral health care for dependent elders. Approximate date of completion: September 2019.
Way of communication among members
Electronic communication, face-to–face meetings at EuGMS and other conferences
Planning of meetings
Every year at the EuGMS annual conferences
Next meeting at the EUGMS 2019 Congress in Krakow