Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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Edited By: William B. Applegate

Impact Factor: 3.842

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/32 (Gerontology); 8/49 (Geriatrics & Gerontology)

Online ISSN: 1532-5415

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Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Special Articles

JAGS Top 15 Most Talked About Articles in 2016

As New Administration & Congress Take Office, Geriatrics Experts Highlight Programs, Policies, Principles Essential to Supporting Older Adults

Two new articles in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society address what the new leadership in the White House and continued Republican leadership of both houses of Congress can do to ensure that Americans continue to receive the care they need as they age.

One article outlines some of the potential areas of change that are most salient to the care of older adults, including possible changes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Savings Accounts, Medicaid, and other programs. The authors stress that certain tenets should serve as guideposts for evaluating and responding to change: care must be person-centered and reflect the preferences of those receiving care; changes to health care payments and delivery should be evidence-based; and that the workforce of geriatric professionals must be expanded. The authors note that the health of the population across all age groups has important implications for the health of older adults.

Another paper highlights the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS’s) core policy priorities and positions on federal programs that support older Americans, as articulated in a three recent letters sent to then President-Elect Trump and Senate and House leaders. The letters address everything from Medicare, Medicaid, and healthcare reform to the Veterans Health Administration and commitments to the geriatrics workforce under Title VII and VIII.

New Honor for Excellence in Geriatrics Research

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and its Health in Aging Foundation announced the newest honor for recognizing excellence in geriatrics research: the Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas T. Yoshikawa and his wife, Catherine—who together served the AGS and the geriatrics community for more than two decades—the Yoshikawa Award will offer recognition and financial support to emerging eldercare scholars who represent the early promise of the Yoshikawas’ own illustrious career. For additional information, click here.