NYC dentist brings office to homes of the elderly

NEW YORK (WABC) -- According to the U.S. census, the number of people 65 and older will nearly double in the next 35 years. With that, there is more health care being geared for the older population.

Alisa Kauffman is a New York City dentist looking out for those who have difficulty leaving their homes by bringing the dentist office to them.

Kauffman has helped people like Tom Boutis, who hasn't been able to visit a dentist in nearly five years because he lives on the fifth floor and has dementia.

House calls like these can prevent further health problems and offer a piece of mind to those caring for these seniors.

"Going to the dentist is scary for anyone, especially someone with dementia so I think this was absolutely wonderful," Tom's granddaughter said. "I think he's getting the care he needs finally."

Amazingly enough, Kauffman can take x-rays, make dentures, and fill cavities in patients' homes, though most of her visits are emergency based.

Twice a week Kauffman teaches at the University of Pennsylvania's dental school.

"It's a necessary field and very few people want to treat the elderly," Kauffman said.

Now a days people are living longer, which speaks to the need of this type of care.

"I know I'm making a difference," Kauffman said.
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