November 8, 2011
In this Oct. 7, 2011 photo, Dr. Brian Kiedrowski, right, talks to his patient Victoria Cohen, 100, in Miami. The baby boomers entrance into old age is casting light on the drastic shortage of medical professionals trained to treat the elderly.
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In this sleepy, riverside town in northeast Florida, 86-year-old Betty Wills sees the advertisements of obstetricians and gynecologists on the main road's billboards and has found specialists ranging from cardiologists to surgeons in the phone book. But there's not a single geriatrician — a doctor who specializes in treating the elderly — in all of Putnam County, where a fifth of the county's 74,000 people are seniors.