Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Strategic Plan


Meaningful lives as we age.


Cultivate excellence in interdisciplinary aging research and education to advance innovations in practice and policy.

Strategic Goals and Objectives

Goal: Expand opportunities for engagement and professional enhancement with GSA.


  • Evaluate and refine the current GSA membership retention and recruitment processes.
  • Stimulate opportunities to recruit new members.
  • Develop opportunities for expanded member engagement in GSA.
  • Assess the option of transitioning GSA print journals to only online access/digital publishing.
  • Strengthen GSA’s positioning as a premier national and international aging organization.
  • Broaden GSA's reach to members and key stakeholders in both domestic and international markets through virtual programming.
  • Evaluate recalibrating the Annual Scientific Meeting to consistently include virtual programming (even when live meetings are occurring).

Elevate the public understanding of, and regard for, aging with meaning.


  • Develop a media resource/speaker's bureau of member experts to position GSA as a premier resource for the media/general public on age-related issues.
  • Foster new strategic partnerships with mission-aligned consumer-oriented organizations to expand outreach to the public on age-related messaging and information.
  • Further disseminate the reframing aging principles throughout the aging ecosystem and introduce the principles to society at large.
  • Seek to collaborate with a public-facing education platform to provide education on aging and aging issues.
  • Evaluate collaboration opportunities with like-minded organizations to conduct a national public education campaign to further the understanding of, and regard for, aging with meaning.

Strengthen GSA's commitment to social equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Adopt social and health equity, diversity and inclusion policies at the Board-level and across the Society to challenge all manifestations of structural racism and unconscious bias in our policies and practices, organizational culture and infrastructure.
  • Review recommendations from the GSA Diversity and Justice Workgroup and implement appropriate short-and long-term actions.
  • Review GSA procedures to ensure they are consistent with the new GSA policy related to social and health equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure Annual Scientific Meeting programming features scholarship addressing social and health equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Strengthen the standing of GSA as an authoritative and respected voice in aging.


  • Expand the GSA presence and impact as a leading publisher of aging research.
  • Position GSA as a premier public advocate and voice in addressing aging issues and related topics.
  • Determine the feasibility of securing recognition of gerontology as a profession by federal agencies (Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, etc.) and state regulatory/licensing agencies.

Organizational Values

  • Advocate for researchers, clinicians and educators in the field of aging.
  • Engage with and deliver value to members by providing resources and opportunities to support members and stakeholders in the field of aging.
  • Support health equity and diversity in our membership, leadership, advocacy, and dissemination efforts to ensure that gerontological research, education, clinical practice, and social policy address the needs of all older adults, their families, and communities.
  • Ensure that the best available research, education, and practice inform policies, programs, products, and services.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

GSA policy is to embed diversity and inclusion as fundamental principles and practices as we pursue greater equity across the Society.

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