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Geriatric Medicine Unit
Cathy Smyth grew up in New York, but has spent her adult life in the Boston area. She is a l974 graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Newton, MA who spent many years actively involved in family-oriented community projects prior to focusing her energies on work with the elderly.
Cathy completed the Manning Certificate Program in Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and worked for several years as an Outreach Worker at the Milton Council on Aging. In that capacity, Cathy served as a resource for community-dwelling elders and their families as well as leading support groups and organizing educational programs in the community. Her enthusiasm for working with elders, their families and support networks convinced her to pursue a degree in Geriatric Social Work. Cathy received a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and joined the social work team at Senior Health in September 2006.
Cathy is particularly interested in the challenges faced by persons with memory impairment and she has experience working with elders and their families to develop strategies that support both the person with dementia as well as their caregivers. As a member of the social work team at Senior Health, Cathy is available throughout the course of a patient’s treatment to design and revise comprehensive care plans that balance the demands of the patient’s medical needs with their goals for quality of life. Cathy believes strongly in Senior Health’s team approach to medical care because it combines the contributions of multiple disciplines in providing the best possible care for each patient.
Cathy attributes her enthusiasm for geriatrics to the many positive role models for aging that she has had in her personal and professional life. In addition to her work, Cathy keeps busy with her family and community volunteer work. She enjoys spending time on Cape Cod, reading, gardening and walking her Golden Retriever.
"I'm proud to be a member of the MGH Senior Health Team where patients are both cared for and cared about."~Cathy Smyth
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