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Free Dental Care – While appointments last!

Written By: Kate Joyce, , Uncategorized

Hello again, everyone!

It’s a busy week here at Shawnee Senior Center – and not just from all of our regular activities. We are preparing for the Mobile Smiles bus to be here next week – Feb 11-15! You may have heard about it last year as it has been to Shawnee a couple of times before – but just in case it’s new to you let me give you the scoop. The MOBILE SMILES OKLAHOMA bus is actually an RV that has been modified to provide dental services and education for people who don’t have dental insurance – in this case, Pottawatomie County Adults & Seniors. They provide cleanings, extractions, x-rays, and fillings. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?

Now as you can imagine, this service is an expensive proposition and if it weren’t for the AVEDIS Foundation, this offering would certainly not be happening to this extent because one day of Mobile Smiles cost $1000. For this $1000, they provide between $5000 and $10,000 in dental care at no charge to the community members who make appointments!! Avedis has made arrangements for five (5) days in February, when the bus will be at Shawnee Senior Center. In March, the bus will spend five (5) days at the Community Market 405-788-4957.  So…. If you don’t have dental insurance and are in need of a dentist, please call us at 405.878.1528 and check to see if we have any cancellations or you can come on down, hang out as an alternate and see if someone doesn’t show . If you miss this week, you can sign up for the series of appointments that will be available March 25th – 29th. This is a value of $50,000 to $200,000 in potential dental services to be provided.

Dental infections can cause havoc in your life and what might have been taken care of with a filling, may end up costing you your teeth. They can cause medical procedures to be delayed and left untreated can become septic then you’ll REALLY be in trouble. Mobile Smiles staff also takes your blood pressure before they treat you. If you do have blood pressure issues, make sure they’re under control. At our last event, a person came in for treatment and didn’t know they had high blood pressure. Bless their heart, it was at stroke level so the appointment may have saved a life! So, they are on the schedule this time for an appointment with HBP under control!

Mobile Smiles staff can take 10 appointments per day and we have three standby applicants in case: 1) someone no shows, 2) they move faster than anticipated, 3) someone’s BP is too high. So if you haven’t seen a dentist in a while because you don’t have insurance or funds, PLEASE take full advantage of this service while it is available to you at no charge. AVEDIS really means it when they say “We’re here for Good.”

Now…. On another note, Shawnee Senior Center has been gifted with THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, King-size quilt donated to by Spinning Spools Quilt Guild with freestyle quilting by textile artisan, Ann Cosgrove. We launched raffle ticket sales for at a cost of $1 each or 6 for $5 and they will remain on sale at Shawnee Senior Center (401 N. Bell St.) until the drawing, May 10th (the Friday before Mother’s Day <hint, hint>.…it’s the little things that excite me!!

If one of your goals for this year was to spend time doing fun things with people you like or love, SHAWNEE SENIOR CENTER meets that criteria! Did your resolutions include getting fit, eating well, socializing and learning something new? You can participate in our fitness classes, socialize and enjoy an awesome lunch every weekday!! We have a lot of new people in our fitness classes so don’t feel like you have to know what you’re doing to show up & join us.

As a reminder, the money we raise and funds from our partners goes to support programs and services at Shawnee Senior Center – and for the most part our programs and services are FREE, though lunches run only $2. We are able to provide these services because of our partnerships. Welcome to our new annual Partners: Arvest Bank, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino, Hotel  Resort, and Shawnee CTV. They join our current sponsors: Avedis Foundation, City of Shawnee, Central Oklahoma Economic Development District – Area Agency on Aging, Gateway to Prevention & Recovery, Route 66 Creative, Shawnee Milling Company, and Walmart Foundation.

Shawnee Senior Center (Where you only have to 50 or “better” to play!), 401 N. Bell Street, attached to the East end of the Municipal Auditorium. I hope you join Mike Askins and I when we will be chatting on KGFF, FM100.9. Wednesday morning at 8:35. So until then…See you at the center!

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