Lunch program teaches senior citizens about oral health care

Lunch program teaches senior citizens about oral health care 5/8/2017

Okemos, Michigan—Smiles will be served up with lunch as Delta Dental kicks off the second year of its popular Serving Smiles to Seniors program.  
The first luncheon program will be held on Thursday, May 11 at Eaton Area Senior Center, 804 S. Cochran Avenue in Charlotte.
The program, designed to educate seniors on proper oral health care and connect them with local resources, is spearheaded by Delta Dental in partnership with the Michigan Office of Retirement Services (ORS) and the Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA).
From May to September, TCOA sites throughout Mid-Michigan will host the oral health luncheons.
Seniors will be treated to lunch, oral health bingo and an oral health education session delivered by a registered dental hygienist trained in Oral Health America’s Wisdom Tooth curriculum. They will also receive information about access to dental care through Ingham Community Health Centers.
In addition, volunteers from the Office of Retirement Services will serve lunch and play bingo with the seniors.
“We’re thrilled to again partner with TCOA and ORS on this innovative and fun program,” said Teri Battaglieri, Director of Communications, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy. “As we age, good oral health should remain a priority, and these lunches will focus on that. Seniors who take care of their teeth and mouths are more likely to avoid dental disease and enjoy a better quality life.”
Pre-registration is required, but the luncheons are free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should call the phone number listed for each site.
12 p.m. Thursday, May 11
Eaton Area Senior Center
804 S. Cochran Ave.
Charlotte, MI 48813
Call 517-541-2934

12 p.m. Wednesday, May 24
Grange Acres Senior Apartments
6101 Marsh Road  
Haslett, MI 48840
Call 517-887-1393
12 p.m. Thursday, June 8
Meridian Senior Center
4000 N. Okemos Road
Okemos, MI 48864
Call 517-706-5045
12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21
East Glen Apartments
1801 N. Hagadorn Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Call 517-887-1393
12 p.m. Tuesday, July 18
South Brook Villa Apartments
457 E. Edgewood Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48911
Call 517-882-1210
12 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 
Riverfront Apartments
601 N. Cedar Street
Lansing, MI 48912
Call 517-887-1393

12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 9
Friendship Manor Apartments
200 Friendship Circle
Lansing, MI 48912
Call 517-887-1393
12 p.m. Tuesday, August 22
St. Jude Church
801 N. Bridge St.
DeWitt, MI 48820
Call 517-887-1393
12 p.m. Wednesday, September 20
Sam Corey Senior Center
2108 N. Cedar Street
Holt, MI 48842
Call 517-268-0096
About Delta Dental of Michigan:
Delta Dental of Michigan and its affiliates in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2014, the enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental care to 13.1 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Sherwood and Little Rock, Ark.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; and Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.