Friday, December 10, 1999

Dentures key to renewed strength




BY JULIE IRWIN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

img
Emma Peeks has been unable to eat solid foods for about six months.
(Saed Hindash photo)
| ZOOM |
        For all of her 84 years, Emma Peeks has loved to eat. “I eat everything and anything,” the Walnut Hills woman says. “I have no choice foods, I just like food.” But because of problems with her teeth, Mrs. Peeks has been able to eat only soup and a few other soft foods for about the last six months.

        She has about a dozen teeth left, and most of them are loose and infected. The partial plate she used to wear is no good since her remaining teeth worsened.

        Mrs. Peeks' weight has plummeted from 140 pounds to her current 105. Her strength has declined too, compounding the pain she has from arthritis.

        “I stay weak all the time,” she says. “And I'm tired of eating soup.”

        Mrs. Peeks has lived alone since her husband John died in 1979. She did domestic work for families and retired when she was 65, and he was a crane operator at Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. (now Cincinnati Milacron).

        The couple had no children, but a nephew helps Mrs. Peeks by shopping for her groceries and taking her to the doctor.

        A dentist has recommended that Mrs. Peeks have the rest of her teeth pulled and dentures made, as soon as her blood pressure stabilizes. But she lives on Social Security and can't afford dental work. Mrs. Peeks would like to have the dental work and dentures paid for so she can eat more nutritiously again.

Use this coupon
Introduction to the Wish List
How the Wish List works



Mike Brown's game planned by dad's past
Butler highway to open Monday, 8 months early
Deters to step in as county GOP chairman
Grandparents on the Web
Judge to refuse holiday furloughs
Holiday gas prices highest since 1990
Megafight brews over megafarm
New radon test could quantify Fernald risk
Police officer indicted in jogger's death
Police review panel wants earlier say in discipline cases
PUCO weighing area code options
Firefighters' deaths hit hard
Health centers come to schools
N.Ky. lawmakers' bill would prohibit local gay-rights laws
Peace bell passes test
Study: Coils in arteries would save lives
Local patients involved in research studies
- Dentures key to renewed strength
Early arthritis can't keep couple down
GET TO IT
Queen City's moments to shine reflected in book
Women's health conference expands
Area told to get tech college
Blood stains match victim's DNA
Grand jury to get fatal boat-crash case
Man admitted on 911 to killing N.Ky. actress
Roeding formally announces 2000 run
Woman injured in car-semi crash on I-75