Where We Stand

Dedicated Legislation Supporting the Geriatrics Workforce

The Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act is a proposal for programs addressing the shortage of healthcare professionals equipped to care for all of us as we age. Join the AGS' advocacy efforts to support this important legislation.

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The AGS mission is to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people. We believe that doing so will ensure that we all can continue to make meaningful contributions to our communities as we age.

In addition to below, our key priorities for 2017 can be found in our transition letters to the new Administration and Congress and in a published article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS).

Our vision for the future is one when every older American will receive high‐quality, person‐centered care. To achieve our vision, we believe that federal and state policies must:

  • Expand healthcare options for us all as we age to include in‐home and other care that enable us to live independently for as long as possible, help older adults and caregivers better understand healthcare needs and make the most of Medicare and other benefits, and provide caregivers with adequate resources and support.
  • Ensure that value‐based purchasing and other quality initiatives take into account the unique healthcare needs of all older people.
  • Strengthen primary and preventive care and care coordination.
  • Address the acute and growing nationwide shortage of all geriatrics healthcare professionals, and ensure that other healthcare providers have training that prepares them to meet the unique healthcare needs of older people.
  • Step‐up research concerning healthy aging; the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of age‐ related health problems, and the cost‐effectiveness of various approaches to care, as well as ensure that older adults are adequately represented in research trials.

Together with our experts and partners, the AGS is working hard to shape programs and policies that are important to older people, their families, and healthcare professionals.  Learn more about where we stand on some of the field’s most important issues:


The AGS is uniquely positioned because we represent a committed group of healthcare professionals who are actually doing the care. It’s imperative that the AGS seize the opportunity to advance its mission—ensuring quality care for all older adults.–Cheryl P., M