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Welcome to the MSG web site!


Michigan Society of Gerontology (MSG) is a voluntary organization made up of Michigan citizens who are concerned with education, research, action and service on behalf of older people in Michigan. MSG provides a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas among diverse groups of professionals and students. 

Facts You Should Know About MSG:

  • MSG is the oldest continuous gerontologist society in the U.S., founded in 1956.
  • We are the only organization that aims to bring people together from all sectors to discuss and influence any issue related to aging that is of interest to the membership.
  • We believe that a large, strong membership made up of people from all sectors who communicate effectively with each other has the power to make a positive difference.
  • Historically, we have done this primarily through our annual conferences with nationally recognized speakers.  However, MSG is changing with the times and is building the capacity to bring people together with technology as well as small forums, using both to promote meaningful dialogue.
  • We want YOU to be part of the dialogue. We’ll provide ways for you to do this but YOU are the critical ingredient.

Click here to view slide show on the history of MSG!

What You Can Do:

  • Join MSG!
  • By joining MSG you can take advantage of one of the membership benefits, the MSG Listserv where you can post your thoughts, questions, opinions.
  • Check the Web site regularly.
  • Give us feedback – lots of it.
  • Send us material to post on the web about conferences, issues, research, policy, and practice .

What We Can Do:

  • Provide Web site and Listserv.
  • Provide you with opportunities to talk about issues that matter with people in all sectors, not just your own, but across the boundaries of research, practice, & policy.
  • Provide you with opportunities to be part of the dialogue, have a voice, get answers to your questions, and make a difference.
  • Post issues with multiple viewpoints represented
  • Sponsor forums.
  • Provide education, speakers, and printed materials for workshops, forums, sponsor booths, professional organizations and other groups.
  • Help mobilize the membership for advocacy.
  • Facilitate relationship building and negotiations.
  • Advocate for the rights and lives of the aged in Michigan.


What We Can Do Together:

  • Influence Practice, Policy and Research related to aging in Michigan.
  • By building relationships that cross boundaries through using the Listserv, forums and other resources of MSG
  • By educating each other and those in decision making positions


For our full mission and vision statement, please click below.   Thanks and welcome to our site. 

Our Mission and Vision



In 1956, forward thinking researchers in academia, policy makers and practitioners working in the field of aging established the Michigan Society of Gerontology.


The MSG Board of Directors and planning team will honor the

60 year anniversary of MSG in 2016 and we need your help!

Please send your ideas and comments to  Interested in a tax deductible donation? 

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Member Testimonials

"If you enjoy working with the best of aging academics, the best of aging advocates, and the best of aging service providers in order to shape and direct the structure and policies and practices of gerontology in Michigan, you belong in the membership of the Michigan Society of Gerontology, the state's best collegial organization in the field of aging."


"I am so grateful to Michigan Society of Gerontology for connecting me to incredible individuals passionate about topics I'm also passionate about but who I wouldn't necessarily come into contact with during my normal routine. MSG's history and mission to "Bridge Policy, Practice & Research" is unique. The diversity of perspective is rich; the opportunities for discourse invaluable.

Thanks to this gem of an organization I am enriched and will gladly be re-upping my membership. Anyone interested in energy that comes from scintillating conversation should consider joining."

"The forums, the topics, the connections and networking opportunities through the Listserv are invaluable.  I have established and developed relationships with folks in the field throughout the state that I would have never been able to develop, if not for being a part of MSG.  Renewing my membership today and looking forwawrd to celebrating with my colleagues during the 60th celebration in 2016!


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