American Geriatrics Society Annual Report

From the Desk of Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, AGS CEO

Since 1942, the AGS has offered a professional home for the diverse health professionals who care for us all as we age. Our members represent a community of clinical experts, advocates, and researchers who live our mission of improving the health and quality of life of older people every day. That is inspiring—especially in 2017 as we commemorated our 75th anniversary supporting the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. 

Whether it’s advocating for a better health system or developing cutting-edge models of care, we have a track record of working together to ensure our priorities are heard in clinics and communities across the country—and on Capitol Hill. We look forward to accomplishing even more as we work together for a future when every older person receives high-quality, person-centered care.

Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, AGS CEO


    Our Mission:      
    To improve the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people.

    Our Vision:
    We are all able to contribute to our communities and maintain our health, safety, and independence as we age; and older people have access to high-quality, person-centered care informed by geriatrics principles.

     

    Who We Are

    Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our nearly 6,000 members include physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, and many others who are pioneers in advanced-illness care for older people, with a focus on championing interprofessional teams, eliciting personal care goals, and treating older people as whole persons.

    The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in clinical care, research, professional and public education, and public policy to support us all as we age.

    In 1999, the AGS established the Health in Aging Foundation to help translate the expertise of our members into practical, reliable health information for older adults and caregivers. The AGS also leads and lends its voice to a diverse array of organizations championing workforce empowerment and the needs of older people—from the Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance—all working to improve access to geriatrics expertise for all.

    Who We Are: AGS & Geriatrics by the Numbers

    • The AGS represents 6,000+ interprofessional members—physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, health professions trainees, and many other stakeholders committed to older-adult care.
    • We offer 80+ publications and products to 36,800+ subscribers at GeriatricsCareOnline.org, the online home for AGS resources and publications.
    • Annually, more than 700,000+ older adults and caregivers access resources and information from HealthinAging.org, the public education platform for our Health in Aging Foundation.
    • 2,100+ professionals from 23+ countries attended the 2017 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS17), the year’s premier educational event for geriatrics expertise.
    • Each year, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published 600+ articles, editorials, and personal reflections accelerating the science that informs our care.
    • In 2017, we wrote or collaborated on 69+ letters to Congress or regulatory agencies addressing the challenges and opportunities facing older adults and geriatrics healthcare professionals across the U.S.
    • Our members exchanged 2,500+ messages about clinical practice, public policy, and public and professional education on MyAGSOnline, our exclusive digital forum for helping geriatrics experts stay connected anytime, anywhere. This number is since launch (Oct. 2015). In the past year there were 850 messages.