American Geriatrics Society Annual Report

From the Desk of Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, AGS CEO

Since 1942, the AGS has offered a professional home for the diverse group of health professionals who care for older adults. Our members represent a community of clinical experts, advocates, and researchers who live our mission of improving the health and quality of life of older people every day. That is inspiring. As we look toward the celebration of our 75th anniversary in 2017, we’re poised to accomplish more than ever, and we’re excited to be joined by so many dedicated collaborators and emerging experts who share our vision for a world where every older adult receives high-quality, person-centered care.

Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, AGS CEO


Our Mission:      
To improve the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people.

Our Vision:          
A future where every older adult receives high-quality, person-centered care.

 

Who We Are

Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, nonprofit organization comprised of nearly 6,000 geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in clinical care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

In 1999, the AGS established the Health in Aging Foundation to help translate the expertise of its members into practical, reliable health information for older adults and caregivers. Since that time, the Foundation has provided tools and information to millions of older adults through its public education website, HealthinAging.org, and also has supported educational opportunities for hundreds of emerging health professionals to expand their competence in providing quality geriatric care.

The AGS leads and lends its voice to a diverse array of organizations championing workforce empowerment and the needs of older individuals, from the Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative to the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, all working to advance health professional training in geriatrics care principles and practices.

Who We Are: AGS & Geriatrics by the Numbers in 2015

  • 5,800+ interprofessional members, including geriatricians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, trainees  and other healthcare professional.
  • 800,000+ older adults and their caregivers accessed resources and information from HealthinAging.org, the public education platform for the AGS’s Health in Aging Foundation.
  • 50,000+ publications and products were accessed by 23,900+ active subscribers to GeriatricsCareOnline.org, the one-stop-shop for AGS resources.
  • 2,500+ professionals from 45 countries attended our 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS15) in National Harbor, MD.
  • 590+ articles on the latest in geriatrics research and clinical care were published in the 2015 volume of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • 230+ exchanges took place on MyAGSOnline, our exclusive digital forum for connecting AGS members.
  • 21 letters to members of Congress and regulatory agencies were written by or in collaboration with the AGS to address issues impacting older adults and their healthcare professionals.

What We Do: A Look Back at 2015

  • January 2015: @AmerGeriatrics followers on Twitter crest 7,000.
  • February 2015: The AGS continues to voice support for reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, overdue legislation ensuring social and protective services for older Americans.
  • February 2015: A new AGS position statement focused on care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults plants a flag for geriatrics as a “rising tide that can lift all ships” in the push for health equality.
  • March 2015: The AGS announces recipients of more than 15 prestigious awards recognizing researchers, clinicians, educators, and emerging health professionals who made outstanding contributions to high-quality, person-centered care.
  • March 2015: The AGS launches an advocacy campaign for Title VII Funding in FY 2016, urging appropriators to provide $280 million to prepare the next generation of health professionals with expertise in eldercare.
  • April 2015: The sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula is repealed and a new payment system is introduced reflecting more than 17 years’ worth of advocacy by the AGS, its members, and a diverse cadre of other stakeholders committed to affecting change to improve health and care for older adults.
  • April 2015: The AGS releases its latest update to the Choosing Wisely® Campaign, which raises professional and public awareness about treatments and tests to question because they may lack efficacy.
  • April 2015: As part of an eight-member collaborative, Leaders of Aging Organizations, the AGS spearheads the release of a new report to reclaim the social narrative on what aging really means by building better perceptual connections between healthcare experts, advocates, and the public.
  • April 2015: Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, succeeds Jennie Chin Hansen as AGS CEO.
  • May 2015: The AGS leads a large-scale advocacy campaign to have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognize and make separate payment for advance care planning (ACP) services.
  • May 2015: #AGS15 draws more than 2,500 leading geriatrics healthcare professionals and researchers to National Harbor, MD, for a meeting of the minds on eldercare expertise, including nearly 800 research paper and poster presentations.
  • May 2015: The AGS releases a new mobile app and toolkit as an interactive rendering of its guiding principles for the care of older adults with multimorbidity.
  • May 2015: The AGS releases Geriatrics Care By Design, a new online guide to help healthcare professional redesign the spaces and places where older adults seek care.
  • June 2015: The seventeenth edition of Geriatrics At Your Fingertips arrives in members’ mailboxes.
  • June 2015: AGS unveils the newest edition of the iGeriatrics mobile app
  • July 2015: AGS CEO Nancy E. Lundebjerg, MPA, attends the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
  • July 2015: Grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s newly announced Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program include a range of AGS members driving local solutions to the geriatrics workforce shortage.
  • August 2015: With support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the AGS and ADGAP launch a project to explore dissemination of Geriatrics-Orthopedics Co-management, an innovative program for improving the care of older adults hospitalized with hip fractures.
  • September 2015: The AGS offers a comprehensive e-toolkit as part of its collaboration with the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and its call to action to promoting walking and walkable communities.
  • September 2015: In support of the Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative, the AGS joins the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery, a diverse group of more than 40 organizations committed to quality geriatric surgical care.
  • October 2015: The AGS releases its second updated and expanded Beers Criteria—seminal lists of potentially inappropriate medications for older adults who are not receiving hospice or palliative care, and one of the most frequently cited reference tools in the field of geriatrics.
  • October 2015: In partnership with the National Institute on Aging, the AGS hosts a conference on sleep, circadian rhythms, and aging, the second in a three-part series of U13 Bedside-to-Bench conferences.
  • November 2015: CMS recognizes advance care planning services in the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule available for payment beginning January 2016.
  • December 2015: With support from The SCAN Foundation and in collaboration with researchers from the University of Southern California, the AGS unveils findings from an interprofessional panel convened to define person-centered care and its essential elements for at-risk older adults.
  • December 2015: HealthinAging.org tops 800,000 visitors for the year, with the Foundation raising more than $200,000 to support older adults and caregivers as well as professional education for emerging geriatrics leaders