Celebrating Mitzi Perdue: Author, Humanitarian, Advocate

July 14, 2022
Hosted by Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP

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Mitzi Perdue is an extraordinarily engaging, remarkable woman and thought leader. Her personal story is nothing short of inspirational. Perdue was inspired by an employee with an IQ of over 200, who she believes had a fear of failure that stopped him from achieving his life-long goal. After what was diagnosed as a life threatening heart ailment, Mitzi secured treatment which helped her employee get on the road to recovery. But as she tells the story, despite having a long life ahead, he never pursued or realized his life-long dream. Mitzi saw her tenant rice farmer's inability to pursue his goals as rooted in fear-of-failure. Realizing that her debilitating lisp prevented her from pursuing her own lifelong dream, she was determined not to follow the same path of the tenant rice farmer. She embarked on a journey of rigorous speech therapy until she achieved her broadcasting career goal; from there she went on to become a motivational public speaker. Mitzi is also a staunch and outspoken advocate to end human trafficking, an issue with far reaching implications for both society and the trafficked individual. Her latest blog in Psychology Today entitled: Nursing Homes: A Growing Target for Labor Traffickers, is an interview of SeniorsSTRAIGHTTalk host: Phyllis Ayman. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/end-human-trafficking/202207/nursing-homes-growing-target-labor-traffickers Perdue's most recent written work, ‘Relentless’ is a biography of Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The book has been said by the Business Guru and Financier Somers White, “The GREATEST self-help book I have ever read. A BLUEPRINT for HOW TO MAKE ONE’S CAREER GO FASTER AND FARTHER.” It has been nominated for several awards, both in the United States and abroad and has also been translated into Ukrainian. When you text: DONATE to 55312 you will receive a free copy of Relentless. Royalties will go to Razom, the Ukrainian relief organization with 125,000 volunteer members, mostly Ukrainian Americans.

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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.


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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