History of MGA
History of Maryland Gerontological Association
The Maryland Gerontological Association was initiated in the early 1980s by leaders in the field of geriatrics and gerontology who resided and worked in Maryland and who wished to provide opportunities for professional networking among Maryland's gerontologists. The format for networking was realized primarily through the MGA's well respected and well attended annual conferences, which began in 1982 and aimed to provide outstanding presentations tapping the wealth of Maryland professional talent as well as from federal agencies and the National Institute on Aging.
The early Boards of Directors included representatives from clinical, research, service and political vantage points including The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland Baltimore, The Maryland Department of Aging, Gerontology Research Center of the National Institute on Aging, the Maryland legislature, a member of the Maryland Consortium for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospitals.
Today's Board of Directors represents an even broader spectrum of affiliation as the field of aging has expanded and evolved over the past 25 years. By maintaining an active and engaged Board of Directors, the MGA has also increased its programming, which includes its annual spring conference, networking breakfasts, and forums.
ield of Gerontology
To advance the knowledge and increase the competence of individuals striving to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.