Rowan Macey

Symptomatic Overlaps Between Autism and Dementia in Older Adults

Rowan G. Macey is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Alabama and a Certified Social Worker (CSW) in Kentucky. Her educational background includes a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and she is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky with a concentration in education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Samford University, Birmingham, and in print journalism from the University of Mississippi.

Ms. Macey works with senior citizens as an agent of support and guidance. Professional life includes a commitment to serving the needs of older adults as a Geriatric Social Worker. She advocates for the rights and overall wellbeing of elderly clients. She is adept at providing ongoing encouragement and support to elderly clients and their families as they navigate through life’s many challenges. She uses communication skills to effectively gain information and make important decisions on behalf of marginalized populations. Her skills lie in problem solving and effective counseling methods. She is experienced at developing relationships with clients by building rapport and trust.

Ms. Macey is currently a telephone counselor volunteer at the Senior Talk Line for a Crisis Center in Birmingham providing short-term counseling, crisis intervention and referrals to seniors and/or their caregivers. Research interests focus on psychological health conditions, human development, and aging. Her Capstone paper addresses the overlap of symptoms between autism and dementia in the geriatric population.

She has published articles in the Daily Mississippian and Cullman Times about topics including changing the university’s grading system to a +/- scale, which was later adopted and increasing community service funding for organizations such as the United Way. More recent accomplishments include her induction into the University of Kentucky’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society for which fewer than five percent of students on a campus are invited to join each year.