HealthDay (2/9) reports that “research suggests poor patients [with Alzheimer’s disease] living in rural areas may not have access to the specialists who could spot the first signs of memory declines.” Researchers “sought to determine whether Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s and related dementias were receiving care from” geriatric specialists, “as well as whether there were socioeconomic differences in access to care.” According to the study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, “people with incomes above $24,999 were more likely to have seen a geriatric specialist than those with incomes below $15,000. And the odds of having at least one visit were lower for those in non-metropolitan areas.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)
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