Utah is experiencing population aging faster than the national average. By 2030 there, nearly 1 in 5 Utahns will be over the age of 65. In order for us to be able to meet the needs of this growing population of older adults, we need to ensure well prepared professionals that are organized, sufficiently staffed, using evidence based practices, and providing a model for others to join us in geriatric and gerontology practices.
End Goal of UGS
The end goal of the Utah Geriatrics and Gerontology Society is to have improved health, independence, and quality of life of Utah’s older adults.
UGS contributes to this end goal by:
- Promoting science and education in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, including core principles, such as focusing on “Care, not just cure” and “treating disease to improve/preserve functioning.”
- Assisting and encouraging research in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.
- Advocating for policies and laws in government and healthcare affairsfor that support improving the aging experience.
- Collaborating with other organizations which care for or assist older persons in Utah and their caregivers/families.