News/Press Releases

Recent Executive Actions Continue to Concern AGS Regarding Care We All Need as We Age

New York (April 18, 2018)—In response to regulatory actions that took aim last week at essential health benefits for all Americans and support systems for the poor, experts at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) again cautioned that such changes could jeopardize the health, safety, and independence of us all as we age.

“To ensure we have access to high-quality, person-centered care, we need to support policy solutions that can help all of society benefit from increased longevity,” noted AGS Chief Executive Officer Nancy Lundebjerg, MPA. “Solutions that strip health protections for Americans while also risking important gains for some of society’s most vulnerable individuals remain counterproductive to what we all need as we age.”

These warnings come just days after President Trump signed an Executive Order mandating work requirements for people receiving food assistance, Medicaid, and low-income housing subsidies because they already live at or below the federal poverty line. With many of America’s more than 43 million caregivers relying on such supports to make caregiving possible, such a sweeping directive could risk care quality for older adults now while jeopardizing well-being for more Americans in the years to come.

In New Research Anthology, Geriatric Experts Look to Future for Managing Dementia and Mental Health

A new supplement to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds field leaders in dementia and mental health research weighing in on the science, public policy, and professional education and practice that will change our experience of aging.

New York (April 16, 2018)—In a newly published collection of research reports and essays, more than 20 experts in aging are looking to the future of science, professional education, clinical practice, and public policy to address two of America’s fastest growing health concerns: Dementia and mental health in late life. Across 10 articles compiled as a supplement to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), field leaders in geriatrics, dementia, and mental health have traced the trajectory of everything from our knowledge of neurological systems contributing to dementia to the development of new interprofessional approaches to teaching and managing late life problems in mental health. In so doing, they hope to chart a course forward for bridging the gap between science and clinical practice, which could transform the prevention and treatment of dementia and mental illness for us all as we age.

Award-Winning Research at #AGS18 Links Value-Based Care to Social Supports, Interprofessional Collaboration for Older Adults

  • At #AGS18, new @AmerGeriatrics award supported by @Humana celebrates #research & #innovation in #ValueBasedCare http://ow.ly/S82K30jvZAo

New York (April 17, 2018)—With support from Humana Inc., (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced two recipients for its newest award celebrating innovation in value-based care as we age. The inaugural Humana Value-Based Care Research Awards will be presented to Austin J. Hilt, MPH, a medical student at Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Morteza Komeylian, MD, a Clinician Fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, at the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18), held May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.

Selected from more than 1,000 research abstracts submitted for consideration—the AGS’s most competitive pool to-date for its Annual Scientific Meetings—work by Hilt and Dr. Komeylian exemplifies four important priorities embodied by the Humana Value-Based Care Research Award, which celebrates commitments to:

AGS Honors Expert & Emerging Geriatrics Leaders at 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18)

New York (April 12, 2018)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) annually honors researchers, clinicians, educators, and emerging health professionals who have made outstanding contributions to high-quality, person-centered care for older people. This year’s award recipients include more than 20 leaders representing the breadth of disciplines championing care for us all as we age.

Choosing Wisely® Champion Award

  • Alina Sibley, APRN, BC (Baystate Medical Center)

Clinician of the Year Award

  • J. Eugene Lammers, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF (Mercy LIFE of Alabama)

Clinical Student Research Award

  • Michael Liu (University of Arizona, Harvard University)

David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

Emergency Medicine Physician Honored at #AGS18 for Research to Combat Abuse of Older People

  • At #AGS18, @WeillCornell’s Dr. Tony Rosen will be honored for #geriatrics research reviewing programs with potential to combat abuse of older adults in communities across U.S. http://ow.ly/KI6t30jsnJo

New York (April 12, 2018)—Advancing care for older people across health specialties, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today announced that Tony Rosen, MD, MPH—Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Attending Emergency Physician at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center—will receive this year’s Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties. Presented at the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18, held May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.), the award will recognize Dr. Rosen for a comprehensive review of programs to address the abuse of older individuals that he and colleagues conducted.

“Expanding access to the care we all need as we age means forging new in-roads for geriatrics across all healthcare specialties,” noted AGS Board Chair Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF. “As an emergency medicine physician with an interest in older adult care, Dr. Rosen’s career—and his expertise—help to exemplify that need, and how we hope to meet those needs at the AGS.”

Top Presentations at #AGS18 Address Barriers to Advance Care Planning, Osteoporosis Screening, Links Between Hypertension Treatment & Falls

  • Top presentations at @AmerGeriatrics’ #AGS18 address barriers to #AdvanceCarePlanning, #osteoporosis screening, links between #hypertension treatment & #falls http://ow.ly/Bx5f30jkDxY

New York (April 5, 2018)—Breaking barriers to advance care planning for incarcerated older adults, improving osteoporosis screenings for older men, and exploring the link between hypertension treatment and an increased risk for falls are among headline presentations anchoring the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18), held May 3-5 (pre-conference day May 2) at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Presentations at the prestigious #AGS18 Plenary Paper Session (May 3, 9:30-10:15am Eastern Time) represent some of geriatrics’ most promising scholarship as assessed by peer experts and program planners from a pool of more than 1,000 abstract submissions—the most in AGS history. This year’s highlights include:

“We Take Care of Patients, but We Don’t Advocate for Them”: Correctional Clinicians’ Perspectives on Barriers to Advance Care Planning in the Prison Setting (presented by Rachel Ekaireb, BA)

Dr. Bruce Leff, Expert Advancing Home Care for Us All as We Age, to Deliver #AGS18 Henderson Lecture

  • Dr. Bruce Leff of @HopkinsMedicine to deliver prestigious #Henderson lecture at @AmerGeriatrics’ #AGS18 on advancing home care for us all as we age http://ow.ly/wy6d30jbjyg

New York (March 27, 2018)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Bruce Leff, MD, AGSF, a Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Transformative Geriatric Research, at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will deliver the prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18; May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.). Dr. Leff’s lecture, “Look Homeward, Medicine!,” will focus on our growing population of home-bound older adults, describing the spectrum of home-based medical care services and innovative models changing both where and how we age.

“Supporting high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age means meeting older people where they are,” noted Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, AGS Board Chair. “Dr. Leff has played a critical role in shaping innovative care in a place where it often matters most: at home. He is a model geriatrician and innovator, which reflects the heart of the Henderson Award.”

Dr. J. Eugene Lammers, Champion of Team Approach to Geriatrics, Named AGS Clinician of the Year

  • Dr. J. Eugene Lammers, clinician-educator recognized for building interprofessional collaboration when caring for older adults, named @AmerGeriatrics Clinician of the Year at #AGS18 http://ow.ly/s1zb30jbjL1

New York (March 27, 2018)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today named J. Eugene Lammers, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF, its 2018 Clinician of the Year. Dr Lammers is Medical Director and Primary Care Physician at Mercy LIFE of Alabama, where he is part of an interdisciplinary team caring for 175 older adults. Dr. Lammers will be honored at the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18; May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.).

“Dr. Lammers has led care at health systems across the U.S., and has consistently been recognized for seeking out better means to deliver care in his communities,” noted Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, AGS Board Chair. “That desire to improve person-centered care for us all as we age is a hallmark of the AGS, just as Dr. Lammers is an exemplar of what we value in exceptional geriatrics clinicians.”

“I have been so fortunate throughout my career to work with peers in nursing, social work, rehabilitation, pharmacy, and other fields that have made it possible to provide the highest quality of care for frail older adults,” observed Dr. Lammers.

AGS Honors Dr. Jane Potter for Far-Reaching Impact Training Future Leaders in Geriatrics

  • At #AGS18, @UNMC’s Dr. Jane Potter honored for far-reaching impact training future #geriatrics leaders http://ow.ly/jnP930jbk0C

New York (March 27, 2018)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Jane Potter, MD, AGSF, Chief in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), will be honored with the 2018 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award celebrating work to train more health professionals in the care we all need as we age.

“Over the past 35 years, Dr. Potter’s tireless work has advanced education for thousands of health professionals,” said Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, AGS Board Chair. “It would be difficult to locate a geriatrics clinician trained in the last two decades whose education has not been shaped in some way by Dr. Potter’s influence.”

A dynamic force driving geriatrics education, Dr. Potter has not only led medical education at UNMC but also has expanded the scope of her work to lead national efforts aimed at increasing the prestige and prominence of the geriatrics workforce. Dr. Potter is a co-Principal Investigator for the AGS’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Coordinating Center—a strategic resource supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation for 44 organizations in 29 states working through the only federal program focused on increasing the number of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals trained to care for America’s older adult population.

At #AGS18, Drs. William Applegate, Thomas Edes Honored for Pioneering Leadership in Geriatrics

  • Prestigious Nascher/Manning Award presented by @AmerGeriatrics to two #geriatrics pioneers: @AGSJournal’s @WApplega_Bill, VA’s Dr. Thomas Edes http://ow.ly/IQz030jbkc4

New York (March 27, 2018)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) will this year honor not one but two pioneers of geriatrics expertise with the prestigious Nascher/Manning Award given biannually at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18; held this year May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.). William Applegate, MD, MPH, MACP, AGSF—Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) and a renowned clinician-educator at Wake Forest Health and the Wake Forest School of Medicine—and Thomas Edes, MD, MS—Executive Director of Geriatrics & Extended Care Operations for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—now join a cadre of less than 20 geriatrics healthcare professionals recognized with the Nascher/Manning Award since its inception in 1987.

A professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Applegate has long been instrumental in leading change and innovation, particularly at the AGS. An AGS member since 1984 and a former Society President, Dr. Applegate has twice anchored JAGS as Editor-in-Chief, having returned most recently in 2016 following an earlier tenure from 1993 through 2000.