Position Statements on Other Topics

The AGS is committed to improving health, independence, and quality of life for us all as we age. That means helping healthcare professionals, policy makers, and the public embrace core components of high-quality, person-centered care. Learn more about where we stand on some of the field’s most important topics.

Our Positions

  • Advance Care Planning for Older Adults
    This document outlines the AGS' position on the importance of advance care planning as a tool for helping individuals articulate and document their care values and preferences as they age, to ensure that the care they receive matches their wishes, particularly near the end of life.
  • Gun-related Injuries and Deaths in Older Adults
    In this position statement, the AGS endorses the American College of Physicians' position statement on "Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action from Over 50 Supporting Organizations and the American Bar Association."
  • Discrimination Based on Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Disability, Age, or National Origin
    The AGS opposes discrimination against healthcare professionals or older people based on race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), disability, age, or national origin. We believe that such discriminatory practices can have a negative impact on public health, especially the health of older Americans and vulnerable older people.
  • Defining and Achieving “Person-Centered Care”
    An expert panel convened by the AGS in collaboration with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and with support from The SCAN Foundation released findings from a project defining “person-centered care” and its essential elements.
  • Achieving High-Quality Multicultural Geriatric Care
    This position statement, developed by the AGS Ethnogeriatrics Committee, outlines healthcare disparities in the United States and the minimum quality indicators that healthcare organizations and healthcare providers should adopt.

For a full compendium of AGS clinical guidelines and recommendations, visit GeriatricsCareOnline.org.