Engaging Health Professionals
We’re committed to expanding the geriatrics knowledge base through initiatives that promote basic, clinical, and health services research. Through our efforts to connect with professionals across healthcare, we’re also working to increase exposure to principles of geriatrics excellence for all health professionals who care for older adults. Our anchors for these endeavors remain the wealth of publications, clinical tools, guidelines, and recommendations we develop on an ongoing basis; the research we promote and support through the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and other venues; and the opportunities we facilitate at our Annual Scientific Meeting.
Just when I was feeling alone with overload, I find an organization with so many accomplished folks offering to share information, and I want to thank all of you for that.
-Priya M., MD, MPH, AGSF
Supporting the Geriatrics Workforce
The tools and insights championed by AGS members are essential to the future of high-quality care for older adults, and so too is our ability to share those tools with all health professionals. One way that we do this is through travel stipends for trainees through the Health in Aging Foundation. The stipends support trainees so they can attend our Annual Scientific Meeting.
As a medical student, I attended my first AGS Annual Scientific Meeting in 2009 and never looked back. I went to every presentation that I could. I learned about policy issues and evidence-based updates in clinical practice. It was an eye-opening experience.—Susan N., MD
Advancing Equitable Public Policy
To realize a future where every older American receives high-quality, person-centered care, we’re working in the present to address the shortage of geriatrics healthcare professionals; to strengthen primary and preventive care services; to impact the changing payment landscape; and to expand research and healthcare options that lead to higher-quality care.
The AGS is uniquely positioned because we represent a committed group of healthcare professionals who are actually doing the care. It’s imperative that the AGS seize the opportunity to advance its mission—ensuring quality care for all older adults—while Washington works to redesign healthcare.–Cheryl P., MD
Educating the Public
Through the Health in Aging Foundation, we advance our commitment to maintaining the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people by meeting them where they live. Countless older adults and caregivers have visited HealthinAging.org for reliable, trustworthy information on health and care.
After spending some time on HealthinAging.org, I could not believe the amount of information contained on it. They have made a tremendous effort to distill technical and scientific information into a format and language that is easier to comprehend for most of us.–Amanda C., caregiver from San Diego