Dr. Bill Thomas on Changing Aging and Transforming Living Environments for Older Adults

August 3, 2020
Hosted by Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP and Rubina Chaudhary, BSc, MBA

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Dr. Bill Thomas is a visionary who has totally transformed how we think about and design living spaces for older adults as they continue on life's journey into their advancing years. Studies have proven that how we perceive aging, to a very large degree, determines how we age, Dr. Thomas says. with the accepted narrative of aging as one of decline, disease, and disability, it's difficult to look upon advancing years in a positive light. Dr. Thomas challenges the negative stereotypes in hopes of changing the narrative. "It's the story that matters," he says. "How people interpret their experience goes a long way to determining their wellbeing. So I decided to go out into the world and start changing the story of aging. We believe in possibility, change, growth, optimism, spirit and soul." Dr. Thomas traces the origins of his revolutionary ideas and how they are applied to redesign and create a total shift in attitude and care in a nursing home environment.

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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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