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The Spanish Geriatrics and Gerontology Society

The Spanish Geriatrics and Gerontology Society (SEGG) has celebrated its 5Oth Anniversary, as it was born in Madrid in 1948. It was initially constituted by scarcely 50 doctors, among them Gregorio Marañón, Francisco Vega Díaz, Teófilo Hernando, Gonzalo Piédrola, Francisco Grande Covián and Manuel Beltrán Báguena.

The SEGG, represented by Mariano Pañella Casas, was a founder member of the International Association of Gerontology (IAG) in Liege, in 1950. According to the bylaws of the IAG, the SEGG has three specific Sections: Clinical, Biological, and Social and Behavioural.

Its objectives are clearly stated in its present bylaws (January 1992):

- To promote the advance of knowledge about human ageing.

- To gather investigators and professionals who study and work in matters related to ageing.

- To promote actions directed to optimize quality of life in the elderly.

- To assess and support Health and Social Public organisms as well as legally established institutions dealing with health and social problems of the elderly.

- To design and promote assistance and training systems in geriatrics and gerontology.

At present the SEGG is one of the most active European Societies. Constantly growing, it has , at the end of 1998 more than 2100 members. Among them are physicians, sociologists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, architects, economists, pharmacists, etc.

Since 1950, when its first Congress was organized in Barcelona, the SEGG has celebrated 40 Congresses, the last one being the 5Oth Anniversary Congress (Madrid, June 1998). Next Congress wil be in Cádiz, June 1999)

The Spanish Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology (Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología), the organ of expression of the Society has been uninterruptedly published since 1966, with growing prestige.

Since 1971, the SEGG gives prizes to the best original articles published in the Journal, as well as to the most relevant contributions to the Congresses and Meetings. It also offers a great number of scholarships for complementary studies, hospital stays, elaboration of works, attendance to national and foreign Congresses etc.

Since 1989 the SEGG also offers Geriatric Medicine and Social Gerontology Acreditations, supporting the training and knowledge of the best professionals.

It has as well developed Working Groups about the main social and health subjects related to the ageing process.

It develops a great deal of teaching activities in cooperation with other institutions.