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Alzheimer's Treatment and Care at a Crossroads: Pursuing All Avenues to Provide Relief

Date: October 1st, 2012

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve most likely wondered if there are any ways to relieve some of the burden of the disease, in addition to the pills to manage its symptoms. For many diseases like heart disease and diabetes, changes to diet and exercise are as high on health care providers list of advice for patients as a prescription for medication, but this isn’t the case with how they approach Alzheimer’s disease. You


Shortage of Geriatricians: A Quiet by Critical Health Care Crisis

Date: July 1st, 1999

Ever wonder whether the doctor treating your parent, older relative or friend, or you, if you happen to be over 65, has any special training in treating older people? The chances are pretty good they don't. Despite the achievements of modern medicine, too many health professionals misdiagnose, overlook, or dismiss illnesses in older people as the "normal process of aging." Aside from the suffering this ignorance causes patients, it also burdens society with tremendous costs--such as the $70 billion in


Where Are All the Geriatricians? We Need Them Now!

Date: July 1st, 1999

Despite more than 20 years of clear warnings from some of the most prestigious health policy and medical groups in the country, America is facing a severe shortage of health care professionals trained to manage the special health care needs of older people. Currently there are about 8,800 doctors certified in geriatric medicine. That's up from 6,740 three years ago, but falls far short of the 20,000 that the Alliance for Aging Research estimates are needed now for today's population of