New Project Takes Action To Prevent Dental Elder Abuse

Recently, a new program called the Dental Elder Abuse Response (D.E.A.R) project was developed in Toronto. The project, which received a Federal government grant, is the first in Canada to create materials and training to help people understand and take action with respect to this issue.  Working with dentists, hygienists, seniors, caregivers and community organizations, the D.E.A.R. project will create senior peer-trained workshops, online videos, helpful brochures and checklists to provide practical, hands-on material to recognize and prevent dental elder abuse and neglect in the greater Toronto area.   

The project launch will include spececial guests Dr. Daniel Haas, Dean of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Connie Dejak, CEO of Runnymede Healthcare Centre and Cheri DiNovo, MPP. On behalf of the founders of the program, Dr. Natalie Archer and Laura Tamblyn-Watts, we invite you, or members of your team, to attend the launch to:

·         Learn more about the DEAR program

·         Learn about positive action steps related to elder dental care

·          Meet and interview the founders of the program and other attendees

Through your coverage, your readers will gain a better understanding of how to change behaviours related to dental care for the elderly. 

DATE: Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

LOCATION: Runnymede Dental Centre, 625 Runnymede Road, Toronto (located in the Runnymede Healthcare Centre)

AGENDA: Ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30 pm, followed by brief presentation of the DEAR Project, followed by a demonstration workshop. Opportunities for personal interviews with the project founders and other dignitaries are available. Light refreshments. 

For more information, contact John Hyslop, Footprint Partners Inc., at or visit