This course will review the worldwide prevalence, trends and risk factors identified in three medical conditions affecting the health in aging women: stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and depression. A number of health conditions are more prevalent in women than men, requiring different treatment approaches and protocols. Some medical conditions may cause different symptoms in women, ultimately affecting females differently than males. Oftentimes, women are at greater risk for specific medical conditions and are simply unaware of this fact.

Knowledge of a condition’s symptoms, risk factors, and prevention approaches can assist the oral health care professional in being more informed. From preventive care to treatment strategies and options, medications and resources, the oral health care professional is challenged to stay informed as women’s medical needs, especially during their adult years, are continually changing.