Spain (SEGG)

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

Some facts on demography and geriatrics in Spain…

Total population: 46.557.008
Percentage above 65 Yr: 18.49%
Percentage above 80 Yr: 6.15%

Number of physicians: 
Number of geriatricians: 
Total number of hospital beds: 
Number of geriatric beds: 

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: 2.456
Geriatricians: 970
GP’s: 714
Internists: 29
Other physicians: 12   
Nurses: 145
Other therapists: 586

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
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Oncogeriatrics
  • Infective diseases

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. Next Congress will be held on June 2018

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

34 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
  • Consorci Sanitari del Garraf
  • 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
  • Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra

Contact details

The president of the Society:
Dr. Jose Augusto Garcia Navarro

General Assembly member in the EuGMS:
Dr Nicolàs Martìnez Velilla

Email: elenadeleon(at)


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