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 its annual fall dementia conference provided in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland and the University of Maryland Baltimore's Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program.
The Board of Directors welcomes new members to the MGA and actively seeks participation in the program committees which produce its three primary educational venues.
- advance the knowledge and increase the professional competence of individuals working in the field of gerontology,
- promote and provide a forum for the presentation and application of research and related scientific activities, and
- promote public awareness in the field of gerontology.