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.