IAG - The Beginning
The Indian Academy of Geriatrics was formed on 26th April 2002, Friday on the auspicious day of Chitrapournami.

The demographic transition and consequently increasing elderly population becomes a challenge to the society especially in developing countries. In India, 50% of elderly have chronic diseases and 2/3rd have more than one illness (NSSO data 1995). This reflects the increased morbidity in old age and more health care utilization. Elderly health problems are complex and require special skills for management and hence the need to develop Geriatrics as a separate speciality. The elders also have varied health, social and psychological needs which have to be specifically addressed. Hence there was an urgent need to develop Geriatrics in our country to improve the scientific knowledge and quality of healthcare provided to our elderly.

With this aim, the professional body “Indian Academy of Geriatrics” was formed with Prof.V.S.Natarajan, Prof.A.Venkoba Rao and Prof.R.Sivaraman the pioneers in the field of Geriatrics as patrons.

The Founder members include:
- Prof.B.Krishnaswamy, Chennai (Secretary)
- Prof.A.B.Dey, New Delhi (President)
- Prof.I.S.Gambhir, Varanasi (Vice-President)
- Prof.Arvind Mathur, Jodhpur (Editor-JIAG)

The purpose of this Academy was to bring out a quarterly journal and organize annual conferences to share exchange and improve the scientific knowledge in Geriatric Medicine.
Today the Academy has 950 members all over India, who are either involved in health care to the elderly or have special interest in Geriatrics. With a vision to improve & strengthen the Academy, various State chapters and local chapters are being formed.

The headquarters office is located at Chennai at the following address:
Dr R Magesh
WestSide Clinic
No.32, Y Block, 5th Avenue,
(Behind Hotel Saravana Bhavan),
Anna Nagar,
Chennai 600 040,
Tamil Nadu.

Those who are interested to enroll themselves as member of the Academy, can send the duly filled Membership Application Form along with the fee Rs 3500 (add Rs.75 for outstation cheques), as cheque or demand draft, to the headquarters office at the above address. We welcome your active participation in strengthening this academic body.
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