Spain (SEGG)

Sociedad Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology

Some facts on demography and geriatrics in Spain…

Total population: 46.423.064
Percentage above 65 Yr: 18.49%
Percentage above 80 Yr: 5.92%

Geriatrics is recognised as a...

  • speciality since >20 years

Geriatric medicine is found in...

  • acute care hospitals as acute geriatric wards
  • out-patient care settings
  • post-acute rehabilitation hospitals/clinics
  • nursing homes or long term care facilities
  • Emergency department
  • Palliative Care

Members of the society

Total number of Members: 2.444
Geriatricians: 970
GP’s: 714
Internists: 29
Other physicians: 12   
Nurses: 124
Other therapists: 689

Special interest groups within society

  • Nursing home care
  • Quality assurance in social and health services for older people
  • Osteoporosis, falls and fractures
  • Dementia
  • Free radicals and biological ageing
  • Gerontological education
  • Occupational therapy
  • Law of dependence
  • Image and ageing
  • Physical activity for older people
  • Primary health care of older
  • Medical residents in Geriatrics
  • Food and nutrition

Other activities…

Official publication of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology:

  • Our official publication is the “Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología (Rev Esp Ger Gerontol)” an indexed journal which was founded in 1966 with a bimonthly publication.
  • A newsletter (“La Gaceta”) is also sent out to members and made available on our website.

National Scientific Meetings of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology:

  • Annual National Congress (usually in June) with other smaller scientific symposia being held by the Special interest groups with different frequency.

Educational Activities:

  • Online and attendance courses, workshops, scientific papers, scientific books

National Documents:

  • Our members develop guidelines, protocols and research within an active network of special interest groups who meet regularly with different levels of activities.
  • Main publications from de last five years: around 30 clinical guidelines on different topics (physical exercise, nutrition, constipation, incontinence, insomnia, vaccines, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, dementia, making decision in patients with dementia, anticoagulation, epilepsy, drugs, hyponatremia); 3 consensus documents (physical and pharmacological restrictions, overactive bladder; care of older people); 3 position papers (Law of Dependence; Questions on Law of Dependence; abilities for familiar carers of older people dependents).

List of geriatric chairs and research centres in Spain

32 teaching Units / Services of Geriatric Medicine, with a variable level of development and resources.

  • Hospital Real Nª Señora de Gracia
  • Hospital Provincial del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús
  • Hospital San José
  • Hospital Monte Naranco
  • Hospital Insular de Lanzarote
  • Hospital Geriátrico Virgen del Valle
  • Hospital General Universitario de Guadalajara
  • Hospital Nª Sª del Perpetuo Socorro de Albacete
  • Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
  • Fundacio Hospital Comarcal Sant Antoni Abad
  • Hospital General Vall d'Hebron
  • Hospital General de Granollers
  • Hospital General de Hospitalet
  • Hospital Santa Creu de Vic
  • Centro Forum del Hospital del Mar
  • Hospital de la Santa Creu
  • Antic Hospital de Sant Jaume i Santa Magdalena/Hospital de Mataró
  • Hospital d' Igualada
  • Hospital General de Segovia
  • Hospital San Juan de Dios
  • Complejo Asistencial de León
  • Hospital El Bierzo
  • Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Montaña de Cáceres
  • Complejo Hospitalario Xeral-Calde (Calde)
  • Hospital Meixoeiro de Vigo
  • Hospital Central de la Cruz Roja de Madrid
  • Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos
  • Hospital Universitario de Getafe
  • Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón
  • Hospital Universitario La Paz
  • Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal
  • Hospital Universitario Severo Ochoa

Contact details

The president of the Society:
Dr. Jose Antonio Lopez-Trigo

The FB member in the EUGMS:
Dr. Carlos Verdejo-Bravo

Email: elenadeleon(at)


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