Purposes and Mission

The following text is taken from GSA's bylaws:


The purposes of The Gerontological Society of America shall be to advance the scientific and
scholarly study of aging and to promote human welfare by the encouragement of gerontology in
all its areas. Therefore, the Society's objectives shall be:

  • to promote the study of aging in all scientific and scholarly disciplines;
  • to stimulate communications among scholarly disciplines, and among professionals including researchers, teachers, administrators, and others;
  • to disseminate research findings by means of its publications;
  • to expand education in aging, including the promotion of educational programs in gerontology;
  • to foster application of research in the development of public policy;
  • to develop the qualifications of gerontologists by setting high standards of professional ethics, conduct education, and achievement.


The mission of the Society is: 1) to promote the conduct of multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of gerontological research and by increasing its funding resources; 2) to disseminate gerontological research knowledge to researchers, to practitioners, and to decision and opinion makers; and 3) to promote, support, and advocate for aging education, and education and training in higher education.

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