Mental Health in Older Adults
February 10, 2020
Hosted by Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT and Rubina Chaudhary, BSc, MBA
According the the Center for Disease Control, approximately one if four adults 55 years of age or older are faced with some type of mental health issues.The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder) Many of today's older adults grew up at a time when not only was there a stigma associated with mental health problems but also they were not as well understood as they are today. Mental illness is underdiagnosed in older patients for many reasons, some of which are the attitudes associated with ageism. Depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health issues are not a normal part of aging. Left untreated, they can lead to suicide. It's just as important for an older person with symptoms of depression to seek treatment as it is for someone younger. If you are seeing signs of depression or anxiety In a loved one, encourage them to seek help.
Voices for Eldercare Advocacy
Monday at 2 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel
Voices for Eldercare Advocacy highlights the all-important issues for seniors, their families, loved ones and the population at large based on the fact that we’re all faced with these situations sooner or later. As we transition into elderhood, the care and treatment does not always measure up and is a direct reflection of how we view people in the elder years of their lives. The show highlights interviews with thought leaders followed by discussion, questions and answers. Phyllis and Rubina’s expertise capture the essence of the interview topic of the day and translate it into a relevant discussion about how it becomes meaningful in people’s lives. They will respond to questions and provide insight into everyday problems. We want seniors to have a more fulfilling life, with dignity, respect and purpose no matter the age, condition or living environment. Voices for Eldercare Advocacy is broadcast live every Monday at 2 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT and Rubina Chaudhary, BSc, MBA
Phyllis Ayman, host of Voices for Eldercare Advocacy, is a speech language pathologist, certified dementia practitioner, trainer, and best-selling author who has been dedicated to improved quality of life and quality of care for residents in the over 40 skilled nursing facilities in which she’s worked. She’s known for her communication skills, empathy unwavering high standards of care, and is passionate about our attitudes towards and treatment of our elder citizens and meeting the needs of our culturally diverse senior population. She understands the root causes faced by nursing home residents and empowers families, providing valuable information so they can more effectively advocates for quality care for their loved ones which is ultimately our future selves.
Phyllis is a speaker, trainer, radio personality and TV host as well as a board member of the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform and advisor to Olive Community Services based in Los Angeles, California.
Rubina Chaudhary’s passion for elder care stems from her personal experience as an only child living more than 1,000 miles away from her aging parents, both of whom are now 91 years of age. This experience led to the founding of OLIVE Community services, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization providing culturally appropriate supportive services to seniors, their families and the community. Rubina is an entrepreneur providing engineering management consulting services for infrastructure projects through her company MARRS Services, Inc.