The British Geriatrics Society is the professional body of specialists in the health care of older people in the United Kingdom.
Membership is drawn from doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, scientists and others with a particular interest in the care of older people and the promotion of better health in old age.
It has over 3,000 members worldwide and is the only society in the UK which draws together experts from all the relevant disciplines in the field.
The BGS uses the expertise of its members to inform and influence the development of health care policy in the UK and to ensure the design, commissioning and delivery of age appropriate health services. The BGS works closely with other specialist medical societies and allies itself with age-related charities.
The BGS strives to promote better understanding of the health care needs of older people. It shares examples of best practice to ensure that older people are treated with dignity and respect and that wherever possible, older people live healthy, independent lives.
Geriatric medicine defined.