Dr. Miriam K., 73, of Old Tappan, died July 25, 2013 with her family by her side. Dr. Aronson was a nationally renowned social gerontologist, and a founder of the National
Dr. Aronson's career was dedicated to guiding elderly individuals, their families and eldercare facilities through the caregiving process. She led a landmark ten-year study on aging and dementia, and was a Clinical Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a distinguished member of numerous other organizations. Her passion and dedication were honored with numerous awards including the Genesis Award from the National
, NJ Caregiver of the Year and the Women in Science & Health Care.
Dr. Aronson lectured locally, nationally, and internationally and taught at several universities. Her many writings included the books Understanding Alzheimer's Disease: A Handbook for Families and the award winning Aging Parents, Aging Children: How to Stay Sane and Survive. She also authored a chapter on Depression and one on Family Caregiving in the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management (2007). She was a proud graduate of Columbia University, receiving her undergraduate degree from Barnard, and graduate degrees from Teachers College.
But of all of her accomplishments, Dr. Aronson's most prized title was Grandma! She was the adoring grandmother of Jake, Max, Samantha, Danny, Elyssa, Scarlett and Ryan. With them she shared her passions for food, books, art and travel. In them her legacy of caring, nurturing and service will live on.
Dr. Aronson is also survived by sons, Eric (Dina), Andrew (Robin) and Elliott (Shannon), her sister Ellen (Edwin) Weiss, her niece, nephews, cousins, friends and countless colleagues, caregivers, and families whose lives she touched. She will never be forgotten.
Funeral services will be Sunday, July 28th at 11 AM, Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel W-150 Route 4, Paramus, NJ. Burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Fairview, New Jersey immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations in honor of Dr. Aronson to the
or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/miriamaronson
as her way to support her beloved granddaughter Scarlett who is battling cancer.