Listen To My Latest Podcast Episode:
Attitudes About Sexuality & Aging with Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH
Listen To My Latest Podcast Episode: Attitudes About Sexuality & Aging with Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH
I'm a Stanford trained, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist.
I specialize with older adults and families and am bringing my expertise out of the therapy room and classroom and straight to YOU!
On a daily basis, people approach me with questions about the managing most complicated situations they’re facing with the older adults in their lives. Questions about dementia, illness, mental health concerns and even end of life.
This is no exaggeration, from physicians in the medical center that I work in, to the spouse who's been married for more than 60 years, to adult children caring for their aging parents.
So, I thought...
I'm here to help! I care about you and your older loved ones, which is why each week in the Psychology of Aging Blog & Podcast I provide tips and resources that use the most up to date research, recommendations, and resources that you can trust. This is my promise to you!
It's for older adults AND the people who care for older adults. My hope is that by creating open dialogues and providing public education, we can help to build bridges between generations, broaden our understanding of the aging process, dispel myths, challenge stereotypes, and promote health and well-being for older adults and their families.
Each week I address common issues related to aging, which include the aging process, relationships, intimacy and sex, driving, working, retirement, health and wellness, dementia, end of life, caregiving, you name it. Like I say in my therapy groups:
So, If you’re caring for an aging loved one, or are a professional providing services to older adults and their families, you're in the right place.
I'm also a Professor of Gerontology (that's a fancy word for the study of older adults and aging), and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I also work as a Clinical Psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System in Atlanta, GA, where I provide individual, couples, and family therapy for older adults and their families.
One of my favorite things to do is teach! From medical residents and psychology pre-doctoral students all the way to senior level medical staff. Teaching is my passion. Every year I get the opportunity to present at conferences and discuss issues related to caring for older adults and their families.Read My OFFICIAL BIO
I, myself, am in "the Sandwich". I'm in my 40s, married, and have 2 little kids. Between my husband and I, we have 3 aging parents and other older adults that we care deeply about
I'm dedicated to my family and to helping others! Here's what I mean.
In 2016 & 2017, I won two innovation grants to develop family/couples services at the Atlanta VA Health Care System, where I work.
I wrote one of these sitting at the bedside for a week in the pediatric ICU of my (then) 17 month old who had pneumonia. I was also 6 months pregnant at the time!
My little one made a full recovery AND I got the grant to build a family and couples program! Hooray!
I have little kids (3 and 4 years old), so I'm addicted to my morning cup of coffee, I use dry shampoo too many days in a row, and my clothes are always stained!
I still keep in touch with my middle school teachers, Mr. & Mrs. Johnson. And, when I was 11 years old, I was matched with a Big Sister in the Big Brother/ Big Sister Program. And... Guess What? We're still together! More than 30 years later!
I'll send you weekly mental health tips designed with older adults in mind