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Seniors STRAIGHT Talk

Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP

Seniors STRAIGHT Talk, formerly Voices For Eldercare Advocacy, is rebranding with expanded content and topics. The podcast will continue to highlight the all-important relevant issues for seniors, their families, loved ones and the population at large, who ultimately are our future selves. Through informative and engaging conversations with thought leaders, professionals, and individuals who share their experiences, listeners will gain insights and information that will be meaningful for their everyday lives. Phyllis’ expertise captures the essence of the topic of the day and translates it into relevant discussion that provides insight into everyday problems. As we transition into elderhood, which Phyllis calls the third act of life, seniors are entitled to have a quality and fulfilling life with dignity, respect and purpose no matter the age, condition or living environment. Seniors STRAIGHT Talk is available to listen and download on all your favorite podcast platforms.

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Broken Promises: Compromised Care at VA for Veterans with PTSD
2d ago
Broken Promises: Compromised Care at VA for Veterans with PTSD
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ted Blickwedel, became a licensed clinical social worker after retiring from the military where he provided mental health counseling to fellow veterans. He never expected to experience the callous approach to providing service to veterans at the hands of the Veterans Administration where quantity was prioritized over quality care, this by increasing counselor workloads at the expense of the quality of mental health service offered to veterans living with PTSD. Lt. Col Blickwedel never intended to be a whistleblower. Once speaking truth to power, he was at the receiving end of retaliation, isolation, gaslighting, mobbing, false accusations, character assassination. His relentless and tireless pursuit of speaking truth to power has been successful and has led to the expectation that Congressional legislation will pass at the end of this fiscal year. This legislation will hold the VA leadership accountable to prevent this situation from continuing to occur. When Former Marine Captain Jerome R. Strayve, Jr. Jerry was reunited with Lt. Col.Blickwedel 42 years after they were together at training camp, said upon the meeting: When Ted came to me with his story, I was aghast. Not in disbelief of the veracity of what had happened, but that it had happened again! Having experienced the military's medical community's callous lack of compassion for active-duty personnel and their families, I felt compelled, honored, and driven to help Ted write his shocking story. The collaboration between Blickwedel and Strayve led to the June 15, 2022 release of their book, Broken Promises, written to create awareness and advocacy for veterans and the counselors. The desired outcome of the book is to work cooperatively with the Veterans Administration to enact policies and procedures that will ensure quality mental health services for veterans as well as to protect the mental and physical well-being of their counselors. Broken Promises: www.vabreakingpromises.com
Broken Promises: Compromised Care at VA for Veterans with PTSD
2d ago
Broken Promises: Compromised Care at VA for Veterans with PTSD
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ted Blickwedel, became a licensed clinical social worker after retiring from the military where he provided mental health counseling to fellow veterans. He never expected to experience the callous approach to providing service to veterans at the hands of the Veterans Administration where quantity was prioritized over quality care, this by increasing counselor workloads at the expense of the quality of mental health service offered to veterans living with PTSD. Lt. Col Blickwedel never intended to be a whistleblower. Once speaking truth to power, he was at the receiving end of retaliation, isolation, gaslighting, mobbing, false accusations, character assassination. His relentless and tireless pursuit of speaking truth to power has been successful and has led to the expectation that Congressional legislation will pass at the end of this fiscal year. This legislation will hold the VA leadership accountable to prevent this situation from continuing to occur. When Former Marine Captain Jerome R. Strayve, Jr. Jerry was reunited with Lt. Col.Blickwedel 42 years after they were together at training camp, said upon the meeting: When Ted came to me with his story, I was aghast. Not in disbelief of the veracity of what had happened, but that it had happened again! Having experienced the military's medical community's callous lack of compassion for active-duty personnel and their families, I felt compelled, honored, and driven to help Ted write his shocking story. The collaboration between Blickwedel and Strayve led to the June 15, 2022 release of their book, Broken Promises, written to create awareness and advocacy for veterans and the counselors. The desired outcome of the book is to work cooperatively with the Veterans Administration to enact policies and procedures that will ensure quality mental health services for veterans as well as to protect the mental and physical well-being of their counselors. Broken Promises: www.vabreakingpromises.com
Inventor, Innovator, Mentor: The Incomparable David M. Corbin
Jun 16 2022
Inventor, Innovator, Mentor: The Incomparable David M. Corbin
A conversation with David Corbin is truly like none other. His insights and analysis of every situation are truly unique; any opportunity to hear him is one not to be missed. During this episode I benefitted from a real time assessment of my own frustrations as a consultant in the nursing home sector, I know his analysis, insight and feedback will be valuable for every listener no matter their background or area of business. David is like a beacon of light for entrepreneurs. His fundamental concept about facing the issues in order to correct course are integral to his concept of illuminating the negative in order to reach entrepreneurial goals is the guiding principle in his book: Illuminate: Harnessing the Power of Negative Thinking. Otherwise, you may be embarking on what could be considered Brand Slaughter. The prevailing thinking in business is not to go looking for problems where there aren't any that seem readily apparent. But it would be naive to think that there aren't always areas that can be improved upon. Without facing and illuminating the negative, it could be considered akin to an ostrich mentality, digging your head in the sand hoping that whatever is happening will soon pass. Corbin is a consummate innovator and inventor who applies provocative thinking to his unique approach to the entrepreneurial experience. His ideas are outside the mainstream of traditional thinking having a positive attitude and having faith against all odds. You may ask, why highlight this principle on SeniorsSTRAIGHTTalk? I think we can all benefit from applying the principle of Illumination to our complicated lives and relationships both personally and professionally.
One Man's Journey With his Mother's Poor Nursing Home Care
Jun 3 2022
One Man's Journey With his Mother's Poor Nursing Home Care
Robert Peterson's journey with his mother's poor nursing home care is unfortunate one that is familiar to thousands of nursing home residents and their families. It's one I've not only heard countless times, but one that I've witnessed. His mother, a frail, thin, woman with advancing dementia was at the receiving end of poor care, inadequate staff training, neglect and abuse at not only one, but two nursing homes. The second nursing home found the staff abandoning the patients altogether. Towards the end of this interview, you can the hear the sadness and the drain on Robert Peterson's heart strings as he fights back the tears. The story of Robert Peterson's mother is unfortunately not unique. In December of 2021, the New York Times published an investigative piece 'How Nursing Homes Worst Offenders Are Hidden From the Public The article's subtitle was: Thousands of problems identified by state inspectors were never publicly disclosed because of a secretive appeals process, a New York Times investigation found. This begs the question about the ability of the government oversight process to accurately inspect nursing homes and cite them for deficiencies. By not reporting bad actors and the situations that occur in these nursing homes, the government is essentially duping the public, Families and loved ones visit the government website to look up the information when trying to determine the appropriate place for their loved one to receive care. How can they make an informed decision if they don't have the entire picture. Who is to blame? Whatever the reason, the only people suffering are residents and their families. There have been numerous investigative reports and Government Studies exposing the nursing ills that are harmful to residents. . Robert's mother's story is heart wrenching. No one should have to endure this level of pain, not a son, and not any older adult. Do you have a story you'd like to share about nursing home care on SeniorsSTRAIGHTTalk?. Email: phyllis@seniorsstraighttalk.com
From Nursing Home Tragedy to Nursing Home Resident Advocate
May 26 2022
From Nursing Home Tragedy to Nursing Home Resident Advocate
The story that led Martha Deaver to become an advocate for nursing home residents is, like many others, rooted in a terrible experience with 2 nursing homes in Little Rock Arkansas where her mother and mother-in=law were residents. The story is both tragic but, unfortunately, all too familiar. She ultimately shared the horrific story with a journalist who published it in Ladies Home Journal. She went on to supply detailed information and data to the director of an organization that provides information on health care issues to Consumer Reports. This resulted in Consumer Reports publishing one of the most in-depth looks at America's nursing homes to date entitled: The Crisis in America's Nursing Homes. Mrs. Deaver talks about what she knows about the failure of the nursing home industry, nursing home tragedies and ills that have been known by Federal Government agencies for decades. As a matter of fact, she has been an adviser to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG). She explains how after her extensive investigative work with nursing home complaints, at her insistence they were added to the website of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services so that people seeking information about nursing homes would be able to see beyond the annual nursing home oversight survey to find more information about complaints lodged against them. In 2013 she worked with Jeff Lowenstein with the Centers for Public Integrity on a 2 year project where data from every nursing home in the country became the basis of the largest in-depth investigation into the importance of adequate staffing in our nations nursing homes. She's been recognized by the Governor of Arkansas, who said,, “She is an advocate in the best sense of the word, tirelessly supporting and defending others.” and was honored by RBI director Robert Mueller III, with the 2010 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for the state of Arkansas. Mrs. Deaver's passion is palpable. You can hear it as she speaks about the unspeakable tragedies experienced by U.S. Nursing Home Residents. Mrs. Deaver is not only seeking to find out and call out the negative, but seeks to find the positive in the health care workers that provide the direct care to resident. She created the AANHR's first national Nursing Assistant Recognition Award to recognize nursing assistants from across the state of Arkansas. She also developed the first program acknowledging National Residents Rights Week and has chaired both events for the past five years. Today, Mrs. Deaver is the president of the Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents (AANHR), an organization dedicated to protecting residents in nursing homes from abuse and seeking prosecution for those who victimize nursing home residents.
Wouldn't You Want to  Live in a  Cozy Home Community™?
May 20 2022
Wouldn't You Want to Live in a Cozy Home Community™?
Matt Thornhill had a successful consulting business dedicated to researching and understanding the needs of the boomer generation. He came to realize there was an essential unmet need for the middle-income sector of that demographic and upon leaving his consulting practice, he decided to pursue a solution. The result, Cozy Home Communities. In this episode, Matt describes this innovative concept as one part of the living solution for older adults: These homes designed close to one another, with appropriate social distancing, allows neighbors to help neighbors and offers a new approach to living for a new stage of life: Imagine living in your own house in a small neighborhood where your NEIGHBORS ARE YOUR FRIENDS. Friends with whom you share common interests, backgrounds or stories with the added bonus that your neighbors, or friends, have agreed to help each other when the need arises. Not only for their neighbors but also for the community. Knowing your neighbors is not a trite expression, it's not about casually passing someone and saying, good morning or good afternoon. It's about really getting to know your neighbor, about finding people with whom you have an affinity at this stage of life. Have you arrived at the time in your life when your relationships are more important to you than the accumulation of things? The importance of relationships and connection is not only documented in literature, but something we all experienced since the outbreak of COVID in 2020. Rather than living alone in your existing home surrounded by things, Cozy Home Communities ™ gives you the opportunity to live amongst people with common interests and stories, where you can form lasting relationships with peers you see daily. Learn more about the design of each stand-alone individual home and how a group of homes is clustered into a “pocket” neighborhood. A group of neighborhoods in close proximity, with a central common area creates a colony. A Cozy Home Community™ consists of multiple Colonies. This seems like a perfect solution for this level of the market. Learn when the first communities are breaking ground and when, or if, a Cozy Home Community ™ may be coming to an area where you live.
Change Our Attitude: Change The Culture: Openlygray.org
May 6 2022
Change Our Attitude: Change The Culture: Openlygray.org
According to Matt Thornhill, When we as older adults change how we think, feel, and and act about getting older we can change the culture around aging. It's no secret that we live in an ageist society and whether we know it or not, contribute to perpetuating ageist attitudes. In doing so, we continue to perpetuate the last bastion of the isms...ageism. Central to the issue is that though we may feel lovingly about the older adults in our families or amongst our friends, as a society we don't feel the same way towards the older adults in our communities. They are not valued as they are in other cultures where elders are viewed with respect and sought out for their wisdom. How can we turn around these negative attitudes towards older adults? I agree with Matt Thornhill. We must embrace our elder hood years, embrace our longevity journey. This involves changing our mindset about how we see ourselves. I'm sure we can all identify words or phrases we have heard that reflect ageist attitudes. We see and hear them all around us but we probably don't realize the things we say or think about ourselves. Stigmatizing societal attitudes become internalized long before we reach the senior years of our lives. When we describe ourselves or refer to ourselves as old, we are merely reinforcing a stereotype. However, irrespective of a person's age, old can be thought of as a mind state or mindset. One way to counteract this mindset is by choosing to live an engaged life. This must be a purposeful and intentional choice, a choice to live every day to the highest potential or ability at any point in time. People who live in this way are not in denying the reality of the end of life, but rather realized that life is meant to be lived. We are the ship in our life’s journey. It is our attitude that is the driving force steering our ship. We have to remain intentional and mindful, caring for and tending to our attitude. If not, we allow ourselves to fall prey to the pitfalls of life, as with a ship that strays off course when encountering rough waters, we will drift into a kind of holding pattern letting the water and waves take us where they will. This is an act of surrendering. Embrace your elder hood years. Join the movement at: openlygray.org. For 40 years, Matt Thornhill has been studying consumer behavior and trends, first as an advertising executive on Madison Avenue, then as an interactive marketing pioneer and for the last 20 years as a futurist and the nation’s leading authority on Boomer consumers. He has advised companies and organizations across the globe, including Walmart, Google, AARP, Proctor & Gamble, Verizon, and the Social Security Administration, and he’s delivered memorable keynote addresses at national conferences and company events across dozens of industry sectors. Matt has provided commentary on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNN, CNBC, and PBS. He’s appeared in articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and countless magazines. A serial entrepreneur, Matt has left his think tank and consulting to create and build a new type of community of smaller homes for middle-income Boomers at this stage of life called: Cozy Home Community, which addresses the largely unmet need of affordable housing and community living that encourages social connections with neighbors helping neighbors. You can find more information about these communities at cozyhomecommunity.com. Matt has also launched the Openly Gray movement, a nonprofit fighting age discrimination by encouraging older adults themselves to change how they think, feel, and act about growing older. Change our attitude, change the culture around aging. Join the movement at: openlygray.org
Across the Country, Across Generations, Finding Similar Paths
Apr 22 2022
Across the Country, Across Generations, Finding Similar Paths
A chance meeting and brief conversation at an event on the other side of the country from where we both live found us in agreement on the importance of movement in ensuring our continued strength and agility, maintaining our bone density and preventing osteopenia and osteoporosis. Osteopenia is a condition that begins as you lose bone mass and your bones get weaker: total bone mass peaks approximately at age 35. This happens when the inside of your bones become brittle from a loss of calcium. It's very common as you age, with women being at greater risk and more common in people above 50 years of age. People who have osteopenia are at a higher risk of having osteoporosis. Typically there are no symptoms, unless the condition prowesses to osteoporosis. Symptoms of osteoporosis include back pain, loss of height, a stooped posture, and easily fractured bones. There are many causes for osteopenia including calcium and vitamin D deficiency, smoking, age-related hormone changes, and certain diseases and medications. However, inactivity is also an important contributing factor. As a physical education teacher and trainer, David Segro has worked with many older adults and has seen the beneficial effects on bone density and agility as a result of movement and exercise. If you've ever questioned the benefit of developing an exercise habit on your well being as you age, listen to David Segro describe his experience.
You Don't Know How Good You Can Feel
Apr 8 2022
You Don't Know How Good You Can Feel
Tiger Performance Institute is a transformational experience that gives you the answer to the root causes of your aches, pains, fatigue, and brewing conditions. It is a precision DNA-based approach for high achievers, elite professionals and entrepreneurs who are working themselves sick. It will help you understand the stressors impacting your body and help develop management strategies to reduce the impact on your health and wellbeing, explain the need for sleep optimization and strategies to achieve same, and develop an individualized by hyper-personalized health plan. How do they develop this personalized health blueprint? The company partner's with Tiger Medical Institute which specializes in precision, preventative medicine. Their combination of advanced lab testing and genetic interpretation enables their doctors and clinicians to create a unique roadmap for your health and well-being. Every change involves examining our habits and what and how we can, and should, do differently in order to change our course. As a participant there will be a coach to guide you on this road in order to achieve your best results. Learn more about how you can achieve peak performance and the important place it has in your life so that you can continue our life's journey in the healthiest way possible.
Are You Making Mindful Longevity Choices?
Apr 1 2022
Are You Making Mindful Longevity Choices?
After the early passing of her husband, Ruth Aborjaily realized that she held the key to her health and well-being in her own hands. She embarked on a journey of wellness through various forms of exercise, including Tabata, a protocol developed in Tokyo in 1996, a 4-minute interval workout 5 days/week for 6 weeks. The program first utilized with athletes, found that those who performed the program were able to consume more oxygen during exercise and experienced greater boosts in metabolism. Therefore, the question for each of us is can we make a conscious decision to find 4 minutes in a day for a program that will improve our oxygen intake during exercise and boost metabolism? Ruth Aborjaily believes it is our responsibility to do so so that we ensure we can live as healthfully as possible into our advanced years. Scientific achievements has the number of people living to advanced ages continuing to increase, Is it not then our responsibility to embrace that longevity journey in the fitest and healthiest way possible? She also believes that embracing a well-being journey allowed her to have the emotional, psychological and physical strength and fortitude to care for her mother who lived into her 90's. Mindful Longevity begins with self-awareness and making conscious choices. Harness your power to live mindfully. The place to begin is within. The time to begin is Now.
X-Cellerate Your Health with Age Reversal Expert Simone Kvalheim
Mar 25 2022
X-Cellerate Your Health with Age Reversal Expert Simone Kvalheim
Can you reverse the aging process? What does that mean to you? Some would argue we should not be talking about reversing the aging process but rather find ways to protect and restore specific processes in the body that will allow us to live a full and healthful life with vitality and exuberance. Simone Kvalheim is steeped in information and knowledge about our body's building blocks and how they affect the aging process. She also can speak intelligently about how we can address those processes in order for the body to heal itself intelligently. She proclaims this in her upcoming book Your DNA Is Not Your Destiny. which comes from her knowledge as a neuro regenerative coach. Her passion and knowledge are captivating. She recounts her mother who lived a full and active life until her very last moment and credits that full, active life to lifestyle, attitude, and specific regimens. Some even argue that the entire concept of reversing the aging process is not possible. But Simone contends that with the right information and signals, the body has the ability to heal itself. If indeed that is the case, that would be consistent with healing the processes that affect aging. Whatever the body manifests, it has the capacity to heal. says Kvalheim. We all should be taking personal responsibility for our health. If there is a system that can contradict or dispute traditional methodologies about wellness and alternative systems of healthhcare, or as some would refer to it - sick care, I for one am in favor of shoring up my well being to the highest degree possible in order to continue aging healthfully and gracefully.
Dementia and Alzheimer Well-Being with Judy Cornish
Mar 18 2022
Dementia and Alzheimer Well-Being with Judy Cornish
The DAWN method, or Dementia and Alzheimer's Well-Being, is a true person centered approach to how we view, interact with, and care for people living with dementia. As the level of cognitive impairment increases, the person living with dementia experiences emotional distress that is often translated into the behavior we see and associate with dementia. In reality, there is no such thing as dementia related behaviors. The root cause is a response to a particular situation, a feeling of distress or increased confusion. Rather than looking at what is lost The DAWN Method looks at what is retained. The approach helps families and caregivers look at a person's strengths, understand how to communicate and interact based on those strengths, thereby creating a better interactive experience for both parties. Judy explains the unique strength based-approach of looking at a person with dementia which involves Intuitive Thought, Experiential Self and the Mindlessness Tools. Through her courses and certified trainings she works with families and caregivers to become dementia partners. This helps the person living with dementia live with dignity at their own pace and to find comfort in any positive memories they may retain. The tools learned in the DAWN Method ultimately restore the well-being of the person living with dementia. She believes the hope in dementia is how we provide care. Judy's calm, passion, and commitment to person's living with dementia, their families and caregivers is palpable.
Everyone Has a Right To Personalized Music
Feb 25 2022
Everyone Has a Right To Personalized Music
Music plays an important role in the lives of people from all walks of life and from cultures around the globe. It connects us to memories, places, people, and situations. It's also a source of enjoyment and recreation: a distraction from trials ad tribulation, boosts mood and can help soothe feelings of loneliness.. Many of us, but especially older adults, experienced the feelings of isolation and loneliness during COVID. This was a particular tragedy for nursing home residents but also for those older adults living in assisted living residences or alone at home in the community. There is ample evidentiary research supporting the contention of the importance that music represents in counteracting these lonely feelings. Dan Cohen is unwavering in his commitment to personalized music. He believes strongly that, like any other prescribed treatment, it's essential for addressing the symptoms that result from loneliness, including depression, falls, cognitive decline and high blood pressure. There's no need to wait, it's integral to Planning by Choice, Not By Crisis. Beyond individuals, families, and policy makers, Dan Cohen advocates for healthcare educational programs teaching the importance that personalized music represents in a person's life, in their relationship to others, their responses to situations and especially for persons with dementia, which was the basis of his Sundance Film Festival Audience Choice Award winning documentary 'Alive Inside'.
Add Value To Your Life At Any Age
Feb 18 2022
Add Value To Your Life At Any Age
Each and every one of us has dreams, Many of us let our dreams die or think we don't have what it takes to pursue them. Many others think that since they've completed their traditional work roles, whether by their own choice or because of ageist attitudes, that they've somehow lost their value and with them, the possibility of pursuing their dreams. Society contributes to those beliefs as the prevailing point of view is that if one is no longer an active member of the traditional workforce, they have somehow lost their value. Robert Peterson is dedicated, insightful and passionately believes that if you'd lived on this planet for more than fifty years, you have wisdom to share that can not only benefit others, but there are entrepreneurial opportunities for you to share that wisdom. Peterson, a former pastor, encourages people to tap into their expertise, knowledge and passions and helps them develop the confidence and shift their mindset to believe they can make their dreams become reality. In doing so they can live a happier, more fulfilled, and purposeful and society will be enriched by the wisdom they have shared.
The Conscious Parenting Revolution - Improving Relationships
Feb 11 2022
The Conscious Parenting Revolution - Improving Relationships
Happier and Healthier relationships with your kids, your grandkids, and your older parents is possible!!! We all want the best for our children. But, raising children can be challenging, especially against the backdrop of work responsibilities, life stressors, and even influence of friends and other family members. Most of us learned about how to rear children fro our own experiences being raised by our parents who did the best they could with the knowledge they had. The nature of our parent-child relationships become ingrained from our experiences and the relationships from our earliest years. This affects our relationships with our adult children and as adult children, our relationships with our older parents. In addition, there is an entire generation of children being raised by or being cared for by their grandparents many hours/day. Our parenting style may no longer be suitable for the changing times. It's about the importance of communicating in a loving supportive way in order to manage unavoidable misunderstandings and build stronger relationships. This helps eliminates the 3 R's: retaliation, rebellion and resistance. Katherine Sellery's Guidance Approach to Parenting is Applicable for parent-child relationships at any age across the generations. When you understand your needs as a parent and the needs of the child, parenting success is possible. It's not about being a perfect parent: it's about being a conscious one.
Business Minded Seniors: Protect Your Intellectual Property NOW!!
Feb 4 2022
Business Minded Seniors: Protect Your Intellectual Property NOW!!
A dynamic, eye-opening conversation with Dr. Lydie. What may seem like boring law became fascinating!!!! Intellectual Property Law is deeply rooted in the history of our country. It dates back to the time the colonies secured independence from England, The founders wanted to ensure that their skill, innovation or creativity were free from English control. As a result, initially each colony, with the exception of Delaware, passed its own copyright law; each also had its own patent law. The discrepancies among the states rendered enforcement almost impossible. Therefore, the drafters of the Constitution wrote intellectual property into the document in order to have it fall under federal jurisdiction. It is so stated: To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. - U.S. Const. Art. I, Sec. 8. What is the importance to Seniors, and especially to women? The reasons behind older adults starting their own businesses are many. Among them are: they've from their traditional job, are dissatisfied with the corporate world, they don't want to think of themselves as retiring, they lost their jobs due to society's misguided attitudes that older adults have outlived their usefulness in the youth driven workforce. it's worth noting that older entrepreneurs stay in business longer than younger ones. Within five years, 70 percent of businesses created by older entrepreneurs were still operating compared to 28 percent of their younger counterparts. This supports the fact that with age comes the experience, wisdom, personal and professional networks, and willingness to ask for help, all important factors in entrepreneurial success. Furthermore, as women we are prone to underestimating the value of our ideas and all too often, we share them or give them away without a thought. This has happened to me, has it happened to you? Find out how to take advantage of the protection creations that is afforded to you!!!
The Magic of Intergenerational Living with Dr. Bill Thomas
Jan 28 2022
The Magic of Intergenerational Living with Dr. Bill Thomas
Dr. Thomas never ceases to be the consummate innovator. He combined the idyllic place Kallimos from his book Arms of Elders and his book Tribes of Eden with the small living homes he created called Minka homes, With Minka homes he's created Kallimos communities, where people can live in small pocket neighborhoods in a concept that promotes neighborliness. Kallimos communities are multi-ability and multigenerational, inclusive where people of all ages, traditional and single household families, live alongside each other in easily livable spaces where they support and help each other. Technological support is also available. Kallimos probably hearkens back to the communities that many of us recall. It binds us together, counteracts isolation and loneliness, and promotes community caring and sharing. The first community to break ground in August 2022 is called Magic, an apt name for the living experience that can be not only transformative, but also magical. Every conversation with Dr. Bill Thomas is an opportunity to hear innovative ideas about how we can continue to live our lives in the healthiest and most meaning possible way. Thought Leaders have said that when Dr. Thomas talks, they just listen. Ayman is proud to have the listeners of SeniorsSTRAIGHTTalk hear from Dr. Thomas
Keep Smiling Movement Inspired by Alzheimer's Disease
Jan 21 2022
Keep Smiling Movement Inspired by Alzheimer's Disease
Smiling is known as the Universal Language. Smiles create connections between cultures and individuals. It is recognized and understood as a positive expression without a word ever spoken. Said best by the lyrics of the song When You're Smiling: When You're Smiling When you're Smiling The Whole World Smiles with You. Ken Rochon, President of The Umbrella Syndicate and Social Proof Celebrity Photographer, has made it his personal mission to capture smiles all over the world. Rochon photographed hundreds of people with “Keep Smiling” cards as an advocate for “The Keep Smiling Movement.” This nonprofit organization's primary mission a 501(c) (3), is to find the best smiles, the ones that radiate genuine love and acceptance. Rochon considers Barry Shore the founder of the “The Keep Smiling Movement,”. Shore became a quadriplegic after suffering from Guillain-Barré Syndrome. He credits a positive mindset for the ability to overcome his illness. He essentially used a smile as a means for overcome challenges. Ken Rochon had the opportunity to meet Barry Shore and at once recognized it was for a higher purpose and deeper meaning. From the moment Shore put a “Keep Smiling” card in Rochon’s hand, an established photographer and world traveler, it sparked the idea to distribute this heartfelt message globally by capturing photos, publishing books, and a global search for the World’s Most Beautiful Smiles! Rochon credits the caregiving journey with his mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease as the inspiration in his quest for life's deeper meaning. He believes he found it with The Keep Smiling Movement.
SHERO's: It's All About YOU!!!!
Jan 7 2022
SHERO's: It's All About YOU!!!!
What does it mean to be a SHERO? is it something any women can achieve? What does it take and how can you get there Today's busy women often comes in last when taking care of themselves. Pearl Chiarenza created Women Empowerment Living to help them prioritize themselves so that they find balance, peace and worthiness in their lives, essentially become the SHERO in their own life's story. Women who are caregivers at home or at work, CEOs of their households, the very foundation of their families, those desperately seeking to find work-life balance so they can stop the feeling they are drowning, deserve to find support and self-care strategies so they can become strong, resident, and fulfilled. Strategies for self-care can start simply with a smile and may end in a weekend retreat. But there are many other opportunities each and every day to find what we need to support ourselves and each other. Whatever stage of life or whatever your position, Pearl Chiarenza wants women to find the beauty they have in their heart and believes that they deserve the best of everything. She creates retreats and unique experiences where women can support each other because she believes when they do, incredible things happen. Important words to live by, quoting Dr. Greg S. Reid: The greatest success we'll know, is helping others succeed and grow. Contact Pearl Chiarenza at: www.WSLiving.com FB:
Is Alzheimer's Recovery Real?
Dec 23 2021
Is Alzheimer's Recovery Real?
Simone Kvalheim is the Co- Founder of X-Cellerated Health, She champions the fight for Personal Health, Self-Care, and Longevity. Simone and her husband, Rick, have created protocols using cutting edge technology that empower the body to heal itself at a cellular level. I know that the body is a phenomenal piece of organic architecture comprised of sound and light waves, a bundle of frequencies tuned into the universe. Whatever the body manifests, the body has the capacity to heal, given the right information and signals. Her advocacy and work in Alzheimer's Disease is based on her experience with her father-in-law who received a diagnosis after an abrupt change in condition. Simone and her husband set out to find a solution. They developed X-Cellerated Health protocols which they claim combine with technology and bio hacks to help the body heal itself on a cellular level and thus, they believe can reverse aspects of Alzheimer's Disease. Thus, they strongly oppose the common pharmaceutical approaches to the disease. Simone and her husband, Rick Kvalheim, have a movement entitled Alzheimer’s Recovery is Real and a Facebook group by the name name.
Say YES to Youth Engaging Seniors (YES)!! with Dr. Gary Altheim
Dec 1 2021
Say YES to Youth Engaging Seniors (YES)!! with Dr. Gary Altheim
Inspired by his mother who has Alzheimer's Disease, Dr. Altheim found music to be the key to improving her relatedness and engagement. He combined that experience with an existing program known as Excel Growth and Development Services to create Youth Engaging Seniors (YES) an intergenerational program teaching you the path to connect with older adults through music, art, empathy, and general caring. Growth and Development Services (GDS) was created in 1996 to empower individuals and transform their lives by providing them with the motivation and means to discover and sustain purpose, pride and hope in themselves, their families and the community. GDS builds resilience by helping teens, adults, families and elders reach their potential. Their programs are designed to give each participant the attention, support and practical guidance needed to Excel. There are many videos at senior centers where youth engage with seniors living with dementia; bringing them music, joy and love. Dr Gary as he is affectionately called by the youth program participants, has developed a training program to teach youth empathy, social and career skills. Meet or talk with Dr. Gary and his passion and dedication is palpable. We need more like Gary who create innovative programs to bridge the generational divide in ways that not only engage but teach. BRAVO!!!!!