Miravida Living: A Model in Creative Programming
July 21, 2021
Hosted by Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP
Inspired in the early days by Dr. Bill Thomas, the team at Miravida Living met the challenge to think differently about the way in which they were serving seniors. Today, their innovative programming reflects the possibilities that provides a meaningful and purposeful living environment to the seniors who live in their community. Many of the innovative programs arose during the pandemic, but they are rooted in a serving mindset not only for residents, but for the families of the residents. The team reached out to families, responded to and listened to their needs and were able to fill in the communication gaps i by understanding those needs with a variety of ways beyond the traditional face time visits. Miravida living was able to connect elders with children, grandchildren, friends and their friends inside the community. Everything was done to mitigate isolation and loneliness as much as possible which has led to robust programming beyond the pandemic. However, even prior to the pandemic, the programming offered by Miravida Living can be a model of the possibilities for creating a meaningful, dignified and respectful living environment. The conversation with Carrie prompted more ideas and highlights that conversation and creative mindset goes a long way in meeting the needs of our elders.
Seniors STRAIGHT Talk
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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, 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.