About us


 The Japan Gerontological Society was established in conjunction with the Japan Geriatrics Society and the Japan Socio-Gerontological Society in 1959, after which, the Japan Society for Biomedical Gerontology, the Japanese Society of Gerodontology, the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society, the Japan Society of Care Management, and the Japan Academy of Gerontological Nursing joined, such that it now consists of seven societies. While domestically promoting exchanges among gerontologists and enlightening society with regard to gerontology, it is also an important organization representing gerontology in Japan overseas. Problems of the elderly often cannot be solved by a single academic field and now that our country has become a super-aged society, the interdisciplinary activities of the Japan Gerontological Society can be said to have become increasingly important. The society is involved in the following major activities.

 First, the society is engaged in activities to spread the word on and enlighten others with regard to gerontology. Taking over the efforts of those who have gone before us in gerontology, we are doing our best so that gerontology, which is finally gaining social recognition, is recognized as an important element by society. For this reason, the Annual Meeting of the Japan Gerontological Society held every two years is important as a place for exchanges among gerontologists and for appealing to society. We make the plans and public relations of the annual meeting attractive and are engaged in activities to appeal to society regarding the usefulness of gerontology.

 Second, the society makes recommendations to society regarding various problems of the elderly. As a project of the society, the "Investigation for the creation of guidelines regarding introduction/withdrawal/discontinuation of artificial hydration/nutrition method patients with end-stage dementia" was initiated in January 2010. Fortunately, this project was recognized as a project by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in fiscal year 2010 and for the following two years, we conducted a survey on the actual situation and promoted educational activities with the help of volunteers including the Japan Geriatrics Society, the Japan Academy of Gerontological Nursing, the Japanese Society of Gerodontology, and the Japan Socio-Gerontological Society, resulting in the creation of the guidelines of the Japan Geriatrics Society in 2012 based on the results thereof. Moreover, we launched an interdisciplinary "working group examining the definition of the elderly" with the Japan Geriatrics Society in September 2013. The results of the examination were made public as a final report in March 2017 and the contents of the proposal which define those aged 75 and older as elderly/of old age has garnered great social attention. In this way, we will continue our activities by making use of the interdisciplinary features of the Japan Gerontological Society.

 Third, it is also important for the society to further advance overseas activities. Japan is attracting attention from all over the world as a leader among developed countries with aging populations. Particularly, the expectations from other Asian countries regarding gerontology in Japan are increasing. Japan has hosted the world congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), which is a worldwide gerontological organization, along with the IAGG Asia-Oceania Regional Congress twice to date, with many researchers having also participated in and given presentations at every world congress of the international society; however, it is necessary to strengthen our activities to further enhance our international role in gerontology.

 I sincerely hope that researchers and practitioners in gerontology and related fields will become interested in and participate in the activities of the society.

Ichiro Kai

The Japan Gerontological Society