The Institute of Ageing and Health was originally founded in 1971 as the West Midlands Institute of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, to provide a focus for good multidisciplinary practice and further education in the medical problems of older people, and the establishment of an academic Chair. With funding from Sir Charles Hayward, Professor Bernard Isaacs came into post in 1975.
The first Director, Dr Ronald Cape set up the basic structure on which much of the developments are based. This included four educational meetings a year and the publication of a journal. For most of its history the Institute has only employed the equivalent of one full time administrator, with all other work being done by the Trustees and members.
We organise regular conferences and seminars on a wide variety of topics, attracting speakers from across the Region. In recent years, the focus of our educational work has broadened to include and attract many other organisations with an interest in the social care and health of older people.
The Institute's initial publications were in the form of research papers and this progressed to a more formal journal in which staff in the region was encouraged to provide articles for publication. We produce a regular journal and a quarterly newsletter on the activities of the organisation.
We are a registered charity, supported through Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust by a postgraduate educational grant. The remainder of our income comes sources including our educational programme, specific grants, and membership subscriptions.
We have a long and distinguished history, attracting support from a wide range of professionals. We’re grateful for their contribution, but if we wish to expand our activities and build upon what we have already achieved it is essential we increase that income to a level and certainty that allows us to achieve our medium and longer-term objectives.