The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging was established by the American Geriatrics Society in 1999 to bring the expertise of geriatrics and gerontological health professionals to the public. The Foundation draws on the expertise of AGS members to provide comprehensive information on the common diseases and disorders of older adults.
We strive to improve the health of older adults by:
- Providing health information to older adults and those who care for them;
- Advocating on behalf of programs and policies that help older adults to lead healthy, active lives; and
- Supporting research on the diseases and disorders of older adults.
The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging’s flagship initiative is the Health in Aging site, a one-stop, comprehensive source of up-to-date information about what to do to stay healthy, and what to do when health problems arise in later life. The site’s Aging & Health: A to Z section for example, offers information on more than 60 health conditions common among older people, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment options. Special Unique to Older Adults sections provide additional information about complications that may occur with a given health problem, and what to do if you, or an older adult you care for, has these complications. We have included nicely designed and downloadable resources that can be printed out and shared with patients as needed.
We encourage you to share the Health in Aging site with your patients and their caregivers as a tool to help them take charge of their health and independence as they age.