On the 14th and 15th of September, the International Workshop: Loneliness: Social and Clinical Implications, was held at the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

The SPGG and IAGG (International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology) have made a public appeal for the urgent need to create conditions in our societies that limit loneliness and social isolation, through measures that promote increased social connections.

Social loneliness is an epidemic with significant health risks, including increasing the occurrence of various mental and physical health problems, such as anxiety, depression, dementia, stroke and heart disease.


The Executive Committee consists of the President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, Past-President, President-Elect, and the Regional Chairs. It holds office for the period starting at the end of each World Congress and extending to the beginning of the next. The President-Elect of the Association has the responsibility for organizing the next World Congress.

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International Day of the Elderly

International Day of the Elderly
On December 14, 1990, “United Nations (UN) instituted October 1 as the “International Day of the Elderly”. Since then, that date has been taken to generate actions and awareness campaigns regarding the place occupied by the elderly and the opportunities and challenges presented by aging in the face of different scenarios.

​From the IAGG we are developing not only our International and Regional Congresses but also different Workshops and Working Groups on topics related to Human Rights, Loneliness, Healthy Aging,Ageism and above all disseminating Gerontology worldwide.

​It is our desire to celebrate this day to make the elderly evident and present within society in an active and constant as well as participatory way

IAGG in the world


The mission of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics is to promote the highest levels of achievement in gerontological research and training worldwide, and to interact with other international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in the promotion of gerontological interests globally and on behalf of its member associations. The Association pursues these activities with a view of enhancing the highest quality of life and well being of all people as they experience ageing at individual and societal levels.


IAGG By-Laws comply with the regulations of the Belgian Government, legally admitted and approved by the Ministry of Justice and published in the official Belgian Journal on April 4, 2007. The Manual of Operating Procedures (MOP), revised in 2005, is an appendix to the By-Laws.

IAGG By-Laws

​The initial legal text of the By-Laws was a French text written in 1950. It was published in the Belgian Official Journal on March 15th, 1952. An English version was approved by Council at the XIIIth Congress in New York (USA) in July 1985. This version – referred to hereafter as “The By-Laws” can be found as Appendix VII (by E. Busse and G.L. Maddox) in N.W. Shock’s: The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS: A Chronicle – 1950 to 1986 (Springer, 1988). The revised By-Laws were adapted to the regulations of the Belgian Government, legally admitted and approved by the Ministry of Justice and published in the Belgian Official Journal on 04-04-2007. You can consult this last version.

Manual of Operating Procedures

​It constitutes an appendix to Association By-Laws. The manual is advisory only and is intended as a guide to desirable practice regarding the duties of the Officers of the Association: dissemination of information on actions by the Executive Committee, and planning and implementation of the International Congresses. The document can be periodically reviewed to bring changes in the existing Manual. The current document has been last revised in 2005.

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