2020 Press Releases

Sustained Support for WHO “Vital to Us All as We Age,” Say AGS Experts

New York (July 9, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today joined organizations across health care, international development, and science in criticizing the Trump Administration’s move to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Simply put: The WHO is vital to who we are—and who we can become—as we age,” notes AGS President Annette Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF. “At a time when so many hard-won victories for creating  age-friendly communities and health are jeopardized by crises like COVID-19, we need to stand indivisible and support international cooperation critical to high-quality, person-centered care for us all.”

As the United Nations agency responsible for public health, the WHO has played a key role in improving health, safety, and independence for us all as we age. Founded after World War II, the WHO employs more than 7,000 workers spread across 150 offices that alert the world to threats, fighting diseases, developing policy, and improving access to care, including for older adults.

AGS Commends Leaders in Senate, House for Advancing Important Protections in Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care

  • .@AmerGeriatrics commends @SenBobCasey @SenWhitehouse @RepAnnaEshoo @JanSchakowsky for introducing S3768 and HR6972, proposals in Senate and House to address #COVID19 in nursing homes http://ow.ly/wKE330qVHaq

New York (July 2, 2020)—As its more than 6,000 members continue to care for older Americans impacted by COVID-19, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today thanked Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and House Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) for contributing to those efforts with nursing home COVID-19 protection and prevention acts introduced in the U.S. Senate (S.3768) and House of Representatives (H.R. 6972), respectively. With estimates suggesting that long-term care facilities account for 30 to 40 percent of U.S. COVID-19 deaths, actions to safe-guard residents and those who care for them are not just important, they are absolutely essential to improving health and safety for us all, AGS experts observed.

In Virtual Presentation, Top Geriatrics Research Addresses Key Concern for Older Adults: Medications

New York (June 12, 2020)—New insights on a host of factors impacting medication use for older adults will anchor a special research presentation hosted by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) on June 24 from 3-4pm ET. Originally scheduled as part of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting canceled due to COVID-19, data presentations from the three top studies comprising the meeting’s prestigious Plenary Paper Session will instead be delivered during a virtual conference session, with registration open to all here.

Presentations will address a key concern for us all as we age: Medication and medication management. Older adults are prescribed medications more than any other age group in the U.S. While these prescriptions often play an important role in health and well-being, they can also lead to other problems when not managed effectively. In the three presentations included in the AGS Plenary Paper Session, researchers will look critically at top-ranked studies representing from the field:

AGS Welcomes 18 New Fellows Recognized for Exceptional Commitment to Geriatrics

New York (June 3, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today honored 18 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.

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, physician assistants, social workers, and many others. They include:

“We Denounce Race-Related Violence & Will Speak Out Against Discriminatory Policies,” Say Leaders in Geriatrics at AGS

New York (June 2, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS), which today issued an updated position statement on discrimination, joins advocates across the country calling for justice and changes to policies that have allowed racism to persist in our society.

"In the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic alone has only exacerbated devastating impacts on Black and African American communities and many other racial and ethnic groups," explained AGS CEO Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA. "Today's challenges not only expose racial inequities but also emphasize why action is critical, when many economic and social policies continue to jeopardize health and well-being for people of color."

As noted in its statement, the AGS believes in a just society—one where all people are treated equally regardless of their age, ancestry, cultural background, disability, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, immigration status, nationality, marital and/or familial status, primary language, race, religion, socioeconomic status, and/or sexual orientation.

Geriatrics Experts: Candidates’ Answers to These Questions Can Help #Decision2020 Build Momentum for Americans as We Age

New York (May 14, 2020)—With primary and general elections on the horizon across the U.S., the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today released a series of high-priority questions for candidates. The AGS candidate question guide is aimed at helping Americans keep all political leaders—including and perhaps especially those running for president—committed to a clear, articulated vision how they will support us all as Americans age.

“How candidates answer a question gives us a sense of what policies they would put forward to support us all as we age,” explains AGS Chief Executive Officer Nancy Lundebjerg, MPA. “The current COVID-19 pandemic highlights how important federal and state leadership are  to having policies in place that support the health of us all through a comprehensive approach informed by how geriatrics approaches our care: Team-based, person-centered, and focused on the whole person, with the goal of each of us remaining active and engaged in our communities.”

AGS Honors Expert & Emerging Geriatrics Leaders of 2020

New York (May 8, 2020)—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. 

Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGS announced that awardees would be honored at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, May 13-15 (pre-conference program on May 12), in Chicago, Ill.

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

  • Rasheeda Hall, MD (Duke University)
  • Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO (University of Rochester Medical Center)

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For Second Time in AGS History, Geriatrics Experts Award High Honor Typically Reserved for Individuals to Visionary Organization: West Health

  • For second time in @AmerGeriatrics history, #geriatrics experts award high honor typically reserved for individuals to visionary organization: @WestHealth #aging #AGS20 #AGS21 http://ow.ly/3NSG30qE4tT

New York (May 8, 2020)—For only the second time in its near 80-year history, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) will award one of its highest honors typically reserved for individuals to West Health, a family of nonprofit organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable older adults to successfully age in place.

West Health will receive the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award for its visionary and trailblazing work to improve healthcare and increase its affordability for America’s aging population. The ceremony will be held during the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21), May 13-15, 2021, in Chicago, Ill. The award was to be presented at this year’s meeting but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“For nearly 15 years, West Health has put power and potential behind core priorities in geriatrics: Lowering costs and enabling older people to age in place thanks to high-quality, affordable health care and support services,” notes Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCGP, AGS board chair. “That’s community service at its best, which is what the Solomon Award is all about—and what our ongoing AGS collaborations with West Health aims to achieve.”

LECOM Institute for Successful Aging’s Dr. James Lin Named AGS Geriatrics Clinician of the Year

  • .@1LECOM Institute for Successful #Aging’s Dr. James Lin Named AGS #Geriatrics Clinician of the Year#AGS20 #AGS21 http://ow.ly/qfP430qE4vq

New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today named James Lin, DO, MS, MHSA, president of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Institute for Successful Aging in Erie, Pa., its 2020 Clinician of the Year. Lin will be honored at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21), May 13-15, 2021, in Chicago, Ill., following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to COVID-19.

“Dr. Lin’s drive to enhance geriatrics stems from something deeply personal: Witnessing the marginalization of older adults while caring for his own father,” noted Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, FASCP, BCPS, BCGP, AGS board chair.  “Wanting better—and knowing it was possible—launched more than just a career as an expert clinician; it launched a commitment to modeling the way for others, which is well worth this high recognition.”

Lin’s current role at LECOM’s Institute for Successful Aging traces its roots to his own influence on the institution. Noting Lin’s vision for education and improved geriatric care, LECOM leadership empowered Lin to develop a program that could not only accelerate better care but also serve as a guide for others in the field.

Researching Impact of Potentially Inappropriate Medications, Lifespan Estimates on Caregiver Satisfaction, Drs. Rasheeda Hall & Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh Honored with AGS’s Arti Hurria Memorial Award

  • Researching impact of potentially inappropriate medications, lifespan estimates on caregiver satisfaction, Drs. Rasheeda Hall & Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh honored with AGS’s Arti Hurria Memorial Award#AGS20 #AGS21 #geriatrics http://ow.ly/L1WO30qE4wi

New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today conferred one of their newest honors, the Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine Focused on the Care of Older Adults, on two experts:

  • Rasheeda Hall, MD, a board-certified nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University; and
  • Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO, a board-certified internist, hematologist, and oncologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to COVID-19, Dr. Hall and Dr. Loh both will be presented with the Arti Hurria Memorial Award for their innovative research at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21; May 13-15 in Chicago, Ill.).