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Diabetes Management and Oral Health among Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness
Promising and Evidence-Based Practices for Health Centers in Diabetes Management and Oral Care

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Special and Vulnerable Populations, Promising Practice

Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Oral Health, Diabetes.

Keywords: Older Adults (Elders/Elderly).

Year Developed: 2019

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, COOs, CMOs, etc)

Language: English

Developed by: Corporation for Supportive Housing (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This publication highlights the diabetes disease burden and gum (periodontal) disease among older adults (50+) who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness and explores promising and evidence-based practices health centers can adopt, aimed at improving overall oral health among this population.

Resource Details: Individuals living with diabetes are at increased risk of periodontal disease and poor oral health, which may affect their overall health, functional status and quality of life. Managing diabetes and oral health while experiencing homelessness compounds these challenges. This paper highlights case examples of community-based providers who sought to innovatively address oral health-related complications among older adults with housing instability and experiences of homelessness.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit