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
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.
the Academy has 822 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
The headquarters office is located at Chennai at the
No 28, Y Block, 5th Avenue,
(Behind Hotel Saravana Bhavan)
Chennai 600 040, Tamil Nadu.
Those who are interested to enroll themselves as member of the
Academy, can send the duly filled
along with the fee Rs.3000/- as Cheque or Demand draft, to the
headquarters office at the above address. We welcome your active
participation in strengthening this academic body.