Marc E. Agronin, MD is a board – certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist and the author of the acclaimed books The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life (2018) and How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old (2011). He joined the staff of Miami Jewish Health (MJH), one of Florida’s largest not – for – profit long – term care providers, in 1999, serving as the director of mental health services and the founding director of the memory center and Alzheimer’s clinical research program. In 2015, Dr. Agronin was promoted to Vice President for Behavioral Health and Clinical Research at MJH. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Agronin is a graduate of Harvard University, summa cum laude and the Yale School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in adult psychiatry at Harvard University’s McLean Hospital and then a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Read More >
TODAY Show with Dr. Marc Agronin
Dr. Agronin offers an exploration of the aging process as we currently understand it, including a positive perspective on how certain strengths such as wisdom, creativity, and maturing emotions can increase not in spite of age, but because of it.
Is aging only about decline and loss? Too often we lose focus of the many strengths we can gain as we grow older. Dr. Agronin will present the expansive thinking of Gene Cohen and others who propose stages of increased human potential as we age, and discuss how we can get there.
Dr. Agronin takes a look at how we aged in the past (going back to antiquity), how we age today based on current aging research, and how we will age in the future based on changing demographics and potential scientific breakthroughs.
Alzheimer’s disease is at epidemic proportions and growing in the world today, and devastating our economies as the most expensive illness. What is our current understanding of this modern day scourge and what treatments are on the horizon?
How does the aging process affect our personalities? How does mental illness change as we get older? In a talk aimed primarily at a mental health audience, Dr. Agronin explores how normal functioning and psychopathology are shaped by age-related forces in both positive and negative directions.
As one of America's leading geriatric psychiatrists, Dr. Agronin sees both the sickest and the healthiest of seniors. He is on the front lines as he counsels and treats elderly individuals and their loved ones on a daily basis. This is a call to no longer see aging as an implacable enemy and to start seeing it as a developmental force for enhancing well-being, meaning and longevity.
Becoming a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another neurocognitive disorder can be an unexpected, undesirable, underappreciated—and yet noble role. Dr. Agronin guides caregivers in their efforts to provide care, but to also look to themselves as recipients of care from themselves and others.
Dr. Agronin addresses all the subtypes of dementia and associated psychiatric conditions such as agitation, psychosis and depression. He also offers advice on caregiver support and legal and ethical concerns.