Dr. Mike Wasserman: Inequality of Older Adult Care During COV19

January 12, 2021
Hosted by Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP and Rubina Chaudhary, BSc, MBA

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Dr. Wasserman says the federal government and the nursing home industry hasn’t done enough to care for our older, most vulnerable adults As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the globe, there were 2.1 million Americans living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. According to a December report from AARP, the COVID 19 virus has claimed the lives of at least 106,000 residents and nursing home staff, which accounts for 39% of all of the deaths from the virus in the U.S. and much of it could have been prevented. Dr. Wasserman points the finger at poor government oversight, lack of accountability and an industry that places profit ahead of people as the culprits. This comes at a time when public health experts are predicting a surge in cases after holiday gatherings, increased time indoors during the winter weather, and a new strain which is spreading across the globe. He says the roll out for the vaccine was ill prepared, and whatever plan was in place was a bad one."

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Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP and Rubina Chaudhary, BSc, MBA

Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP and Rubina Chaudhary, BSc, MBA

Phyllis Ayman, host of Seniors Straight Talk is an expert 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 45 skilled nursing facilities in which she’s worked. She’s known for her communication skills, empathy, unwavering high standards, and believes strongly that treatment of older adults is a direct reflection of our attitudes and how we view people in the elder years of our lives. She is passionate about meeting the needs of our culturally diverse senior population and understands the root causes faced by nursing home residents. Phyllis empowers families to become more effective advocates for their loved ones care by providing valuable information from her years of working in these facilities. Phyllis is a featured speaker and an accomplished trainer for both the public and private sector and has published several articles in major national professional online platforms. She incorporates innovative approaches to the communication, leadership and team building workshops that she’s successfully transitioned to the business sector 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 is a member of the COVID19 National Healh Care Coalition.

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, www.olivecs.org, 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 infranstructure projects through her company MARRS, www.MARRScorp.com.

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