Mary Austrom, Ph.D.
Mary G. Austrom, Ph.D.
|Personal Statement||My teaching, clinical and research interests focus on aging and Alzheimer disease. I am interested in helping individuals who care for persons with AD provide more effective care. I have developed non-pharmacological interventions for families that have been effective in reducing caregiver stress and improving patient care. I am a teacher at heart and enjoy teaching our medical students, residents and fellows about aging and AD. I also give talks in the community about AD and providing compassionate treatment and care to the elderly.|
|Education||Undergraduate: Brock University
Graduate School: York University
|Current Academic Interests||Teaching: I enjoy working with and teaching our medical students, residents and fellows. In addition I often give lectures to other departments and schools on issues related to aging and AD.
Clinical: Among other areas of service, I chair a departmental committee on faculty development and diversity. I enjoy mentoring junior colleagues and learners. I also enjoy working with agencies and associations who are dedicated to addressing issues facing our elderly and serve on many boards and committees.
Research: My interest in family caregivers of persons with dementia continues. One of my current projects is with caregivers of persons with frontotemporal dementia and how they decide to participate in research. Another project involves providing care to AD patients with late stage disease and how to best help family caregivers with end of life decisions.
|Recent Publications||Guerriero Austrom M and Hendrie HC (2008). Family care for elders with dementia. In EA Capezuti, EL Siegler, MD Mezey (Eds) The encyclopedia of elder care: The comprehensive resource on geriatric and social care (Second Edition), pp.291-294. Springer Publishing: New York.
Guerriero Austrom, M and Lu, YL (2009). Long Term Caregiving: Helping Families of Persons With Mild Cognitive Impairment Cope. Current Alzheimer Research, 6, 392-398.