Why Support the Foundation
Who We Help
- There are more than 47 million older adults living in the US today, supported by 4.5 million family caregivers and a diverse cadre of dedicated healthcare professionals.
- More than 45 million people aged 50 and older use the Internet to learn about health. Yet not all web sources offer trustworthy information unique to older adults.
What We Do
- We provide expert, reliable health information to nearly one million people who visit HealthinAging.org each year for up-to-date resources on older adult health and wellness.
- We support more than 100 health professional trainees to attend the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting—providing them with education, mentoring, and networking that is vital to their professional development and commitment to geriatrics. [Take a look at our 2016 Trainees here.]
- We empower older adults and families to actively participate in their health and decision-making with guidance and safe, high-quality care.
- We recognize distinguished achievements in our field with special awards honoring leaders who advance the health and well-being of older adults.
Why We do It
We provide expert information to the public about the unique healthcare needs of older adults to support informed healthcare decision making. This is one reason we are committed to maintaining HealthinAging.org as a free resource for all.
“After spending some time on HealthinAging.org, I could not believe the amount of information contained on it. They have made a tremendous effort to distill technical and scientific information into a format and language that is easier to comprehend for most of us.”
– Amanda C., caregiver from San Diego
We also believe that providing a healthcare workforce prepared to meet the needs of older adults and their caregivers is critical. This is why we are committed to supporting health professional trainees who want to enhance their geriatrics knowledge and expertise.
“As a medical student, I attended my first AGS Meeting in 2009 and never looked back. I went to every presentation that I could. I learned about policy issues and evidence-based updates in clinical practice. It was an eye-opening experience.”