Alzheimer's disease is the seventh leading cause of death in American adults and affects an estimated 4.5 million Americans and 8 million more people world wide. Alzheimer's is most prevalent in people over 65 years old. Studies have also shown that elderly women have a much higher risk for Alzheimer's disease than men due to a drop in estrogen after menopause.
In 1998 the United States had only 9,000 Geriatricians (an MD with a specialty in geriatrics) trained to care for 34 million Americans over age 65. A sobering new statistic reveals the figure has declined to only 6,700 specialists, yet the need steadily rises with a projection of 62 million over age 65 by 2025! An estimated 43 percent of…