Welcome to the website of the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS). The IGS is one of the oldest gerontological societies in the world. Founded by Dr John Fleetwood and Prof Jerry Jessop in 1951, the Society has developed into an interdisciplinary professional organisation whose membership reflects the complexity and diversity of those interested in promoting the interests of older people and in how knowledge about ageing and later life can be enhanced and improved
We aim to promote education and quality research on ageing so as to contribute to the exchange of knowledge and the connection of individuals, professionals and institutions who wish to promote positive and healthy ageing. We also wish to stimulate debate and action on improving the wellbeing of older people and to contribute to public discussion through evidence based research as well as professional practice experience.
A central aim of the IGS is to highlight the huge contribution which older people can and do make to modern day society in this country. By bringing together health and social care professionals biologists, social scientists, policymakers, and increasingly those involved in technological development we hope to encourage and support an increasing and closer network of professionals, researchers and scientists dedicated to better care of the older person.
Application for membership of the IGS is welcomed from all professionals with an interest in ageing and from researchers and scientists working in the different branches of gerontology. Members connect through seminars and conferences, as well as through participation on committees. We intend to expand the range of activities available to our members over the coming year.
The IGS is a member of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and active in its European section.
I hope you find this site interesting and informative and that it will encourage you to engage with the work of the IGS.
Irish Gerontological Society