Adopt A Grandparent

The Wilda Siebert Adopt-A-Grandparent Program began at Meharry nearly 30 years ago to provide much needed dental care to low income seniors. Since its inception, more than 2,000 seniors have received free dentures and screenings.

Adopt-A-Grandparent is made possible by a grant from the Kendall Fund Foundation, a part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR's mission is to alleviate human suffering with open minds to all religions and open hearts to all people.

To be eligible, seniors must be at least 50 years old, live in Davidson County public housing, and be referred by Peaches Manning, the resident area coordinator of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency.

Grandparents in the program are paired with student dentists. Patients receive a free screening and students examine their mouths thoroughly to look for broken tooth fragments, lesions or any type of abnormalities. Those who need dentures are scheduled for a follow-up visit where a student dentist provides them with the new set of teeth.

For more information contact the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry at 615-327-6682.