Material aid and dental assistance available for seniors

By Lisa Jensen

Special to The SUN

The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (SJBAAA) has grant funds available under the Older Americans Act to assist low- and very low-income individuals, age 60 years and above, with material aid and dental needs.

Material aid assistance covers up to $500 for dentures, bridges, crowns, hearing aids, eye glasses and PERS (personal emergency response system).

Dental assistance covers up to $300 of dental work, such as fluoride varnishing, fillings for cavities, tooth extractions, X-rays, root canals and cleaning and overall preventive care for maximum oral health.

Grants are limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis and are intended to be a last resort. Please exhaust other options first, such as insurance that you may have; establishing a payment plan with your provider; social groups, churches and senior organizations in your community; or other privately or publicly funded programs that may be able to assist you.

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