Keep Smiling Movement Inspired by Alzheimer's Disease

January 21, 2022
Hosted by Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP

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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.

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

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

Phyllis Ayman, host of Seniors Straight Talk, is a speech and language pathologist, certified dementia practitioner, trainer, and best-selling author who’s dedicated to improving quality life and quality care for older adults in our families, communities and nursing home residents. She’s best known for her communication skills, empathy, unwavering high standards, and believes strongly that care treatment of older adults is a direct reflection of society’s attitudes towards adults the elder years of their lives. She’s passionate about meeting the needs of our culturally diverse senior population and understands the root causes faced by nursing home residents after working in 50 nursing homes. Phyllis is passionate about teaching what she learned from helping your parents to how she can help you. Phyllis is an accomplished author and featured speaker and an accomplished trainer for both the public and private sector. Her latest book Dignity and Respect: Are Our Aging Parents Getting What They Deserve? became an instant Amazon bestseller. She’s published several articles and courses for healthcare workers and caregivers and holds a trademark for the word “IMpathy” (tm).

Phyllis serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, is an advisory board member to Olive Community Services based in Los Angeles, California and served as a member of the COVID19 National Health Care Coalition.

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