GSA members can affiliate with a primary and secondary group depending on their field of interest. Each group has its own leaders, awards, engagement activities, online community and volunteer opportunities, and also organizes dedicated programming at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

GSA has six membership groups. A member may have a primary and secondary group affiliation. Members are only eligible to vote, apply for awards and fellow status within their primary group.

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)

AGHE members include educators who teach gerontology or geriatrics courses in higher education, including two-year and four-year colleges, universities and professional schools, and students interested in teaching.

Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS)

BSS members include economists, epidemiologists, political scientists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, humanists, social workers, and other clinicians.

Biological Sciences (BioSci)

Researchers and professionals with interests in the biological processes that underlie aging.

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization  (ESPO)

ESPO incorporates the disciplines of GSA’s other five member groups, as all student and transitional members are automatically part of ESPO and can select two other GSA member groups for their primary and secondary affiliation.

Health Sciences (HS)

Health Sciences Section membership is multidisciplinary and includes physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, and other allied health professionals.

Social Research, Policy, and Practice (SRPP)

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section membership includes educators, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers committed to improving policies and services for older adults and their families.

GSA members may update their group affiliation online

At-Large (AT): members may choose not to affiliate with any group and will be considered “at-large.” At-Large members are eligible to participate in all society-wide activities and elections. At-Large members are unable to vote in member group elections, apply for primary group awards or apply for fellow status.