Fact Sheet

  • The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.
  • Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Its members come from more than 50 countries. The Society’s headquarters is located in Washington, DC. Its staff — working with an elected Council, editors, and various committees — manages all the activities of the organization.
  • GSA members have the choice to affiliate with one of four professional sections: Biological Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Research, Policy, and Practice. Students and recent graduates also become part of GSA’s Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization. Members have exclusive access to GSA Connect, an online networking platform that features discussion communities, resource libraries, and a searchable directory.
  • GSA fosters collaboration between physicians, nurses, biologists, behavioral and social scientists, psychologists, social workers, economists, policy experts, those who study the humanities and the arts, and many other scholars and researchers in aging. This stems from the belief that the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging. Through networking and mentorship opportunities, GSA provides a professional “home” for career gerontologists and students at all levels.
  • GSA publishes the longest-running and most widely-cited peer-reviewed journals in its field: The Gerontologist; The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences; The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Innovation in Aging, launched in 2017, is GSA’s first interdisciplinary open access journal. A monthly newsletter, Gerontology News, and a semi-monthly e-newsletter, GSA Announcements, are also sent to members.
  • GSA convenes an Annual Scientific Meeting, which showcases the latest advancements in gerontological research. This event attracts approximately 4,000 professionals, and the program consists of more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific sessions featuring research presented for the first time. In July 2017, GSA hosted the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, which welcomed 6,000 international attendees to San Francisco for more than 650 sessions — the largest conference of aging experts ever held.
  • GSA has been a principal player in the study of aging for seven decades. The organization played an instrumental role in establishing the National Institute on Aging and has helped shaped the agenda for every White House Conference on Aging. The Society also is a founding member of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.
  • The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), GSA’s educational organization, is a unique network of institutions dedicated to advancing scholarship in gerontology. Its programs set the benchmark for standards in academic programs across the country. AGHE’s official journal is Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.
  • GSA’s policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, conducts and compiles research on issues related to population aging and provides information to the public, the press, policymakers, and the academic community. It publishes the quarterly Public Policy & Aging Report, as well as a public policy e-newsletter.
  • In light of the growing demands of the baby boomer population, a GSA Corporate Advisory Panel works strategically with the Society to address the multi-faceted issues impacting aging research, education, practice, and business models. Tackling the issues and challenges being placed on industry, government, the healthcare system, communities, families, and individuals, the panel identifies solutions that address the ever-growing need for innovative technology, products, services, and support.
  • GSA has established itself as a convener of multi-stakeholder collaborations in the field of aging. These have resulted in such initiatives as the National Adult Vaccination Program; the Communicating with Older Adults publication and online training module series; Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis; Human-Animal Interaction and Healthy Aging; Oral Health: An Essential Element to Healthy Aging; What We Know and Can Do About Malnutrition; and Pain Management in Older Adults.
  • As a premier source for public information, GSA issues regular press releases, leads social media campaigns, holds congressional briefings on current research, and maintains a database of experts on nearly every aspect of aging. GSA co-manages a fellowship program that allows reporters to participate in the Annual Scientific Meeting and expand coverage of aging-related issues.
  • The GSA Innovation Fund, sustained by gifts from members, supports the development of programs, products, and services. It was launched during the Society’s 65th anniversary to encourage a culture of philanthropy and stimulate the creation of new resources.
  • GSA hosts Careers in Aging Week, which brings awareness of the many professional possibilities offered in the field; AgeWork, an online resource with job listings; an awards program considered to be the field’s most prestigious; and the Ambassador Program, which is a grassroots network that fosters the study of gerontology among students. Increasingly popular are the GSA Interest Groups that have been formed around specific topics that cut across disciplines.

Share This Page!

Print Page