2019 Press Releases

Think Declining Mental Sharpness “Just Comes With Age”? Think Again, Says a Prestigious NIH-Funded Conference

  • We’ve long thought cognitive decline was just “characteristic of aging,” but researchers convened by @AmerGeriatrics w/ funding from @NIH suggest there’s nothing “just characteristic” of connections between #age & #cognition http://ow.ly/KNww30ppggU #geriatrics

New York (Aug. 23, 2019)—Declining mental sharpness “just comes with age,” right? Not so fast, say geriatrics researchers and clinicians gathered at a prestigious 2018 conference hosted by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) with support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In a report published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), attendees of a conference for the NIA’s Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists Transition into Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program describe how increasing evidence shows age-related diseases—rather than age itself—may be the key cause of cognitive decline. And while old age remains a primary risk factor for cognitive impairment, researchers believe future research—and sustained funding—could illuminate more complex, nuanced connections between cognitive health, overall health, and how we approach age.

AGS Commends Bipartisan Leaders on Bringing Workforce Training Legislation Even Closer to Becoming Law

New York (July 17, 2019)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) again pledged enthusiastic support for the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781). H.R. 2781 took a significant step toward becoming law today following an approval of the legislation’s language by the full House Energy & Commerce Committee Wednesday evening. The measure now moves to the House floor for consideration, hopefully before Congress breaks for its summer recess in August.

Introduced by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Burgess (R-TX) earlier this year, the bill reauthorizes workforce training programs under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. Among these initiatives are the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and the Geriatrics Academic Career Awards (GACAs), both critical to the care all Americans need as our country continues to age.

AGS Commends Bipartisan Leaders on Bringing Workforce Training Legislation That Much Closer to Becoming Law

New York (July 11, 2019)—As members of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce move to debate, amend, and revise a host of important health proposals, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) again pledged enthusiastic support for one of the Committee’s most important bills under consideration: The Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781).

Introduced by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Burgess (R-TX) earlier this year, the bill reauthorizes workforce training programs under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. Among these initiatives are the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and the Geriatrics Academic Career Awards (GACAs), both critical to the care all Americans need as our country continues to age.

New Workforce Training Legislation Highlights Programs Essential to Care We Need as We Age—AGS

New York (May 17, 2019)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today offered a ringing endorsement of the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781), a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives to ensure communities across the U.S. have access to health professionals and other critical supports improving care for us all as we age.

Introduced by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Burgess (R-TX), a physician, the bill reauthorizes the workforce training programs under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act including the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and the Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA) Program. The bill draws on considerable insights from the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA), a collaborative comprised of more than 30 member organizations co-convened by the AGS and now reflecting the diverse expertise of millions of professionals who support health in aging for older Americans.

AGS Welcomes 21 New Fellows Recognized for Exceptional Commitment to Geriatrics

Portland, Ore. (May 2, 2019)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today honored 21 leading health professionals who joined the newest class of AGS Fellows—a select group of experts recognized for their deep commitment to the AGS and to advancing high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age.

“All of our fellows are colleagues who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to geriatrics, have contributed to advances in care, and are active participants in AGS activities,” noted Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, BCP, BCGS, President of the AGS, in recognizing the new AGS Fellows at the AGS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19; May 2-4 in Portland, Ore.).

This year’s fellows hail from all four corners of the country and reflect the increasingly interprofessional nature of geriatrics as a field attracting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physicians assistants, social workers, and many others. They include:

The Best Prescription for Healthy Aging? This Pharmacist & 6,000+ of Her Colleagues Say It’s Not What You Think

New York (May 1, 2019)—Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS, the new president and second pharmacist to lead the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) since its founding, is no stranger to questions about a “magic pill” for aging.

“The ‘prescription’ we all need is broader but also much simpler than any one pill,” Dr. Linnebur explains. “It’s about prescribing a better approach to care for our health system. That approach is powered by collaboration, driven by how health changes with age, and focused on prioritizing what health means to us individually.”

That prescription “takes a village,” Dr. Linnebur is quick to note. It also takes cutting-edge research, innovative public and professional education, and better public policy. The latest updates across all these frontiers will be on display at the AGS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19; May 2-4 in Portland, Ore.), where Dr. Linnebur and more than 2,500 of her colleagues will cast their widest net yet for social and scientific breakthroughs shaping better care for us all. Among this year’s highlights are marquee presentations by:

Experts in Surgery, Urogynecology Honored at #AGS19 for Expanding Geriatrics Expertise in Other Spheres of Health

  • At #AGS19, Dr. Courtney Balentine of @UTSW_Surgery and Dr. Candace Yvonne Parker-Autry of Wake Forest Baptist Health will be honored for research building broader home for #geriatrics in other specialties http://ow.ly/q2SB30orL9G

New York (April 16, 2019)—Advancing care for older people across health specialties, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today announced that Courtney Balentine, MD, MPH, of the University of Texas Southwestern and Candace Yvonne Parker-Autry, MD, of Wake Forest School of Medicine will receive this year’s Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties. Presented at the AGS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19, held May 2-4 in Portland, Ore.), the award will recognize Dr. Balentine and Dr. Parker-Autry for accelerating research at the intersection of geriatrics and other specialties.

“Our country is changing as we age, and our health care needs to follow suit,” notes Laurie G. Jacobs, MD, AGSF, AGS President. “In their efforts to build connections and expertise beyond geriatrics, Dr. Balentine and Dr. Parker-Autry prove that our colleagues from across medicine can not only become proficient in the care we all need as we age but also can build a rich body of research to push that care to new heights.”

AGS Honors Expert & Emerging Geriatrics Leaders at 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19)

New York (April 16, 2019)—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.

Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine Who are Focused on the Care of Older Adults

  • Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS (Yale School of Medicine)

Choosing Wisely® Champion Award

  • Rebecca Dobert (Baystate Medical Center)

Clinician of the Year Award

  • Kellie Flood, MD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Clinical Student Research Award

Dr. Kellie Flood—Researcher, Educator, But Physician First and Foremost—Named AGS Clinician of the Year

  • The @AmerGeriatrics names @UAB’s Dr. Kellie Flood #Geriatrics Clinician of the Year #AGS19 http://ow.ly/Rhu530onxnZ

New York (April 9, 2019)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today named Kellie Flood, MD, one of Alabama’s premier geriatrics health professionals, its 2019 Clinician of the Year. An Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as well as Associate Chief Medical and Quality Officer for Geriatrics and Care Transitions at UAB Hospital, Dr. Flood will be honored at the AGS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19) May 2-4 in Portland, Ore.

“Dr. Flood represents everything we’ve come to expect from a geriatrics health professional,” noted Laurie G. Jacobs. MD, AGSF, AGS President.  “She’s a skilled researcher, educator, and health system leader—all this because she remains so connected to the older people under her care.”

A board-certified physician in internal medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care, Dr. Flood wears dual caps as a leading clinician and an influential educator in a state where both are in high demand. Dr. Flood launched and continues to serve on the inpatient geriatric consult service that currently performs more than 1,400 consultations annually. And while coordinating that volume of care is impressive in its own right, Dr. Flood is perhaps best known for “going above and beyond” for each of her patients as individuals.

AGS Honors Dr. Nicole Brandt for Training Future Geriatrics Leaders in Pharmacy & Beyond

  • At #AGS19, Dr. Nicki Brandt of @UMSOP honored for impact training future #geriatrics leaders in pharmacy & beyond http://ow.ly/3m8Y30onxtr

New York (April 9, 2019)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP, of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy will be honored with the 2019 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award celebrating work to train health professionals in the care we all need as we age. A Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Executive Director of the School of Pharmacy’s Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging, Dr. Brandt has dedicated more than two decades to uncovering best practices in medication management for older people and to training fellow pharmacists, doctors, nurses, social workers, and other colleagues in the compassionate, team-based care we all need as we age.

“In her research, leadership, and approach to education, Dr. Brandt embodies all the hallmarks of geriatrics as a ‘team sport,’” notes Laurie G. Jacobs, MD, AGSF, AGS President. “An expert on medication management—one of the most important topics for our patients—Dr. Brandt has helped the AGS build a bridge between that expertise and the training our diverse health workforce needs to keep us all safe, healthy, and independent as we age.”