In view of rapid growth in the population of older adults aged 60 years and above and enormous mental health morbidity in them and the fact that Geriatric Mental Health/Psychogeriatrics/Geriatric Psychiatry is a well developed super-specialty medical subject in developed countries and non-existent in India, professionals involved and working for the mental health problems of the older adults and like minded people gathered during the 56th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society in Mysore on 9th January, 2004 and conceived of an association to serve the Indian older adults suffering with mental health problems. This association was called as Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health. The accepted sole motto of the Association is “Committed to Quality Mental Health Care for the Elderly”.
The constitution, rules, regulations and bye laws of the association was formulated and drafted by a committee under the chairmanship of Prof. S.C. Malik. Dr. S.C. Tiwari was nominated as Founder President, Dr. K.S Shaji as Vice President, Dr. Venu Gopal Jhanwar as its Secretary, Dr. Rajesh Nagpal as a Joint Secretary, Dr. Sanjay Gupta as the editor of official journal of Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health and Dr. S.P. Gupta as treasurer. The Association was registered under Societies Registration Act 1860 (Registration No. 268/04-05).
Dr. S C Tiwari (Lucknow) was the founder President, followed by Dr. K.S.Shaji (Trissur) and currently the President is Dr. Charles Pinto (Mumbai). The society also boasts of an active executive committee with representation from all over the country.