2012 has been one eventful year!!!!
Not withstanding the upheavals at the International and National level, GSI has witnessed its share of excitement and despair.
The year may have started on a quiet note but, energy and anxiety were brewing just below the surface as it was time to launch GSI into a higher orbit.
It was unanimously decided to start the “Indian Journal of Geriatric Care” After months of hard work this journal has seen the sun and has become the new voice of GSI in print.
It will be the endeavor of the society to include interesting articles influencing all dimensions of geriatric care.
Keeping in mind the increasing awareness in the country and the requirement of preventive geriatric care, the society undertook another Herculean task of bringing out the first and only "Indian guidelines for vaccination in older adults". This book took a very fine look at the three arguably most important vaccines which will be beneficial to the elderly population; Pneumococcal, Tetanus and Influenza and brought out its recommendations for the same.
The successful culmination of the massive "9th International conference on Geriatric care" was another feather in the cap of the society towards its commitment to continually update its members on the growing needs of geriatric practices. With over 450 delegates including guest speakers from across the globe, the conference was one massive scientific feast for all who attended.
The event also was witness to honoring one of the pillars of the society, Dr. P. S. Shankar with nothing less than a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is an honor and recognition of a gentleman, an emeritus professor of medicine and to a scientific advisor and guide to many organizations for wonderfully supporting and helping in steering the society from its birth to its present state.
However, everything hasn’t been rosy for the society as towards the end of the year, we were shocked by the untimely demise of a great clinician, academician and twice president of the society; Dr. N. N. Asokan. Aside from being a personal family friend and possessing all the above qualities, this gentleman savior of Kochi was a pillar of humility and astute determination. Being the president of the society twice, a rare distinction in itself he single handedly organized annual and mid term conferences for the society. His absence will always be a massive loss for us.
We do look forward for more accomplishments in the year befitting to the expectations of our members and suiting to the needs of those needy of Geriatric Care.