American Geriatrics Helps Educate

My daily work with families blends medical social work, elder care crisis intervention, and care management. I always look to professional resources for support but in the past I’ve steered away from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). I assumed the information was technical and “for doctors only.”

Well, guess what? AGS is not intimidating, and it is for you and me.

In fact, AGS stands out from the numerous professional associations I have encountered. AGS offers clear, very usable information. The two journals, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and Annals of Long-term Care, keep me abreast of medical thinking and research. Their articles help me advise my clients about approriate questions to ask doctors. The journal updates me on medication trends. Even the ads are useful—it’s interesting to notice which drugs are marketed to doctors and, ultimately, my clients. Finally, AGS is developing a new service: AGS Online: “Caring for Older Adults,” which hopes to keep geriatric medical professionals informed and communicating.

If you are an older adult or caregiver there’s plenty for you, too. Check out the following:

FHA also offers “Elder Grace—The Nobility of Aging.” This awesome new poster series is taken from the traveling photographic exhibition by Chester Higgins Jr.

AGS has nationwide affiliate chapters. Our branch, the California Geriatrics Society (CAGS), is busy with diverse activities including legislative issues and public education.