a1 Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
a2 Hospital Italiano of San Justo, Agustín Rocca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
a3 School of Medicine, Buenos Aires University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
a4 Ledor Vador Nursing Home, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina does not yet have a formal nationwide health programme for older people, so there are huge differences in the quality and entitlement of health care for senior citizens. Academic infrastructure is also underdeveloped and this situation slows the advance of geriatrics. Teaching and research in this field is usually unpaid. However, a committed minority of teachers and health professionals are confident that their efforts are worthwhile and a new generation of geriatricians is starting to participate actively in international forums, to publish in recognized medical journals, to participate in Latin American academic forums such as ALMA (Latin American Academy of Senior Adult Medicine) and to foster geriatrics as a speciality.
(Online publication February 09 2011)