The reasons vary when it comes to explaining why 20% of those 75 years of age and older have not visited the dentist in the past five years. Many are resistant to visit the dentist due to years of neglect while others have lost their mobility to get into the dental office.
Jose Lane Dentistry and other dentist offices accommodate those with reduced mobility with up close parking and entries that are easily navigated. Some seniors are still resistant due to the struggle to move from their wheel chair to the dentist chair.
The program started in 2009, with the goal of narrowing the gap between the number of college degrees obtained by lower income students compared to students with higher incomes.
The program is based on a group mentoring model that meets once each month. The program started with nine locations and has now spread to 30 cities.
The first group of eight students that completed the program in high school have now graduated and five have already enrolled in college. Colleges offer laptops at no cost, along with scholarship assistance for the high school students that complete this program.