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Portsmouth Herald: Crotched Mountain Receives $10K Grant From Senior Foundation

May 14, 2012

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PORTSMOUTH — As part of a $10,000 grant from The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, Crotched Mountain Community Care will fund a program to help seniors with unmet dental needs.

CMCC is an affiliate of Crotched Mountain Foundation in Greenfield, and offers care coordination and support services to more than 800 seniors and adults living with chronic illness and disabilities throughout New Hampshire.

Through the Dental Care Assistance Program, CMCC offers financial assistance for dental care to clients who are on the Choice for Independence Program, a Medicaid waiver program through the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services.

The primary focus of CMCC's services is to assist seniors and adults with chronic illness and/or disabilities to live as independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Crotched Mountain Community Care has a local office at 30 International Drive at Pease International Tradeport.

"We are delighted that Crotched Mountain is one of the 13 organizations selected to receive grant funding from The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation," said Ann Schwartzwalder, CMCC program director. "A significant challenge for many low-income seniors is affording dental care. Medicaid pays for emergency extractions only. And poor dental health leads to poor nutrition, which can lead to serious health consequences."

Schwartzwalder said the funding will help offset the cost of dental exams, cleanings, fillings and dentures.

"The foundation has awarded $25,000 within the state of New Hampshire this year," said Lisa Ganem, owner of Home Instead Senior Care of Seacoast and Southern New Hampshire. "Crotched Mountain Community Care, whose mission is similar to our own — to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families — is a deserving recipient."

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