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Marc  Agronin

Marc Agronin

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Biography

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 >

Dr. Agronin is the 2008 recipient of the “Clinician of the Year” award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a two-­‐time finalist for the Health Care Heroes Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and in 2013 he was the recipient of the Excellence in Research and Education Award by LeadingAge, a national organization representing 6,000 not-­‐for-­‐profit organizations from across the entire field of aging services.

Dr. Agronin is a national expert in Alzheimer’s disease and other geriatric mental health issues, and runs both a memory center and one of Florida’s largest Alzheimer’s clinical research programs. In addition to his popular books The End of Old Age and How We Age, he is the author of eight other books and hundreds of articles, including Therapy with Older Clients: Key Strategies for Success (2010), Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2nd Edition (2011; co-­‐editor) Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition (2014), and a book for caregivers entitled The Dementia Caregiver: A Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Neurocognitive Disorders (2015). Dr. Agronin has been published in the New York Times and Scientific American Mind, and writes regular blogs and articles on aging, health and retirement issues for the Wall Street Journal as part of the Experts panel. 

Dr. Agronin is currently spearheading the creation of a new empathy – based care model called EmpathiCare along with the first EmpathiCare-­‐based village for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, on the campus of Miami Jewish Health. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TODAY Show with Dr. Marc Agronin

Speech Topics

How We Age: Perils & Promises

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.

The Creative Age

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.

The Future of Aging

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.

The Dementia Dilemma

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?

The Age Equation

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.

The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life

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.

The Dementia Caregiver: A Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Neurocognitive Disorders

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.

Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias: A Practical Guide

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.