The section Geriatric Medicine investigates the medical-clinical questions and problems that older individuals encounter within a wider context, placing particular emphasis on functionality and participation. Aspects related to aging, e.g. the classically formulated geriatric syndromes, are at the center of the research. However, the development in geriatric medicine also continually enters interdisciplinary contexts, such as geriatric oncology and palliative medicine.
The medical-therapeutic care, questions regarding education and further qualification along with other labor policy aspects and questions addressing the organization of medical care are discussed in close cooperation with the German Society of Geriatrics.
The most important aim of section II of the DGGG is, however, to ensure continual progress as well as scientific monitoring in the development of new treatment concepts. Above all, this entails the support of an interdisciplinary scientific approach, since the complexity of aging-related aspects cannot be understood from an exclusively medical perspective. This applies especially to the three major questions in aging medicine: Dementia, frailty and the situation that arises when life comes to an end. When dealing with these questions, it is vital to consider the close interdependencies that exist between somatic, psychological and social factors in diagnostics as well as when it comes to treatment, be it curative, rehabilitative or palliative. Care structures are also to be examined critically from a scientific perspective.
Through close interdisciplinary cooperation among different medical as well as non-medical specialist fields, the section aims to develop standards in diagnostics and treatment and to promote their broad-scale implementation.
An additional task of the section Geriatric Medicine is to critically discuss scientific findings, to evaluate them and to make them accessible to the public in a comprehensive way via suitable channels.
The Geriatric Medicine section works intensively towards its goal to establish Geriatrics and Gerontology as a subject that is taught on a compulsory level at universities and to encourage the implementation of chairs for Geriatrics and Gerontology accordingly.
These goals can only be achieved
- in close cooperation with other DGGG sections,
- in close cooperation with the German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics and
- in cooperation with further expert associations.
Hence, the support and further development of the interdisciplinary dialogue is not only a central objective within the specialist society but also outside of it.