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Delta Dental grant to help oral health

Delta Dental has announced a new $1.3 million grant program for projects geared toward Arkansans' oral health.

Funded initiatives would reduce the proportion of Arkansas adults with dental decay or periodontal disease or help more children and teens from low-income households get preventive care.

The program intends to support 12-month projects run by nonprofit or community organizations.

Recipients under the new program, dubbed SMILES: POSSIBLE, will be announced in June 2020. Some smaller grants also are available.

An online application is available at deltadentalar.com, and a webinar about the new program also is scheduled for Nov. 11 at noon on the website.

Organizations may apply for funding through Dec. 16.

Medicare program topic of seminars

Free seminars in Northwest Arkansas this week aim to explain Medicare programs to new and future participants in the federally funded health insurance for the elderly and disabled.

The seminars will discuss what Medicare covers, supplemental plans and Medicare Advantage plans.

Discussions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Northwest Medical Center-Springdale; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital.

Registration is available by calling (479) 757-5433 or emailing CommunityRelations@nw-health.com.

Center offers free breast screenings

Washington Regional Cancer Support Home in Fayetteville will offer mammograms and free breast exams at an event Saturday.

Screenings are offered from 9 a.m. to noon, and mammograms will be offered at no cost to people who qualify based on age, income and a doctor's recommendation.

Appointments are required. People who wish to attend should call (479) 521-8024.

Guidelines for when patients should begin getting mammogram screenings are available on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.

Mental wellness focus of program

A Fort Smith lunch-and-learn program will discuss mental health disorders in adults, including dementia.

Dr. Natalie Jordan will lead the discussion at Baptist Health-Fort Smith, which will cover topics related to mental wellness such as seasonal affective disorder.

Therapeutic recreation specialist Mandy Kuykendall also will talk about staying active mentally and physically to combat psychiatric disorders as people age.

Registration is online at baptist-health.com or by calling (888) 227-8478.

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