Caring for an Aging Population
Clinical Strategies for the Dental Team

New Course

Course Description

The rapid growth of our older population now presents dental professionals with new challenges in clinical care. Older adults commonly appear with complex chronic medical conditions, medication regimens, functional limitations, and a variety of unique oral health needs that require new and creative approaches in the dental office. The purpose of this course is to increase participants’ skills in recognizing these special concerns and provide practical strategies to manage them.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize common medical management issues in the care of older adults and employ effective strategies to safely provide dental care and avoid medical complications
  • Recognize potential systemic and oral complications of drug therapy in the elderly and employ safe prescribing practices to reduce the risk of adverse drug events
  • Recognize potential barriers to access, comfort and communication for older patients in the dental office and implement strategies to overcome them and facilitate care
  • Implement practical treatment planning and patient management strategies for older adults, including those with common geriatric medical conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or other potentially disabling conditions
  • Improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of caries in older adults, with an emphasis on root caries
  • Recognize and resolve common ethical and legal dilemmas more common in the care of older adults, including assessment of decision-making capacity and informed consent, appropriate level of care, management of behavior issues, and interpretation of common health care directives, such as DNR/ DNI orders
  • Employ strategies and tactics to facilitate better oral health care for older adults in long-term care settings


  • Stephen K. Shuman, DDS, MS
    Associate Professor and Director, Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; and Dental Director, Walker Methodist, Minneapolis, MN.

    • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

Continuing Education Units

7 CEUs. Lecture.

AGD# 752


  • Dentist Fee: $349 (Early Bird) / $399 (Regular Fee)
  • Auxiliary Fee: $199 (Early Bird) / $249 (Regular Fee)
  • Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Networking lunch included

Team Discount available Team Discount Available

Dates Location Course # AGD
February 2, 2018 (Friday) UF Campus – Gainesville, FL 180331 752

Continuing Dental Education at UFCD wishes to express its appreciation to Lending Club Patient Solutions for unrestricted educational grants which helped to make this course possible.