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Medical News & Perspectives
April 10, 2002

As Americans Age, Geriatricians Go Missing

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JAMA. 2002;287(14):1792-1793. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1792-JMN0410-3-1

With the first of the baby boomers only 10 years away from reaching age 65, the American medical community is ill-prepared to handle the expected surge in illness and conditions associated with growing old, announced the Alliance for Aging Research (AAR) recently.

"Despite the well-known ‘graying' of the patient population in the United States, most of our health care providers still have little or no specific education in geriatrics or aging-related care that is optimal for older people," said Daniel Perry, AAR executive director. He added, "We have given far less attention to the quality of the health care we are buying; we have done far too little to ensure that health care providers have the formal training they need to provide quality care for their older patients."