The U.S. $8.3 Trillion Longevity Economy: Its Meaning & Impact

August 24, 2021
Hosted by Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP

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Traditionally an economy encompasses all activity related to production, consumption, and trade of goods and services in an area, and is generally thought of as referring to a country, More specifically, it is also a result of a set of processes that are impacted by culture, values, education, social organization, political structure as well as laws, history, and geography, among other factors, and it evolves due to the choices and actions of the participants. It is traditionally not thought of as applicable to a segment of a population. It is a social domain that emphasizes interrelated human practices, transactions, discourses, and material expressions associated with the production, use and management of resources and does not stand alone." The totality of these factors provide the backdrop and framework upon which the economy functions. It represents the environment where goods and services are produced and exchanged according to supply and demand between participants, has a an accepted credit or debit value contributing to a gross natural product. This is the prevailing thinking that led to the formation of the term The Longevity Economy. Jody Holtzman, a thought leader and strategist, carefully explains the meaning of The Longevity Economy and its relevance, not only to the growing senior population, but also to our society as a whole. His lively and thought-provoking conversation around its meaning will hopefully challenge our notions about what is perceived as society’s economic burden in caring for people as they continue to live to advanced ages. I’m proud to give the listeners the opportunity to hear a discussion that may change perceptions about older people and the value they present to our society, both socioeconomically and culturally.

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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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