Dignity & Respect: Are Our Aging Parents Getting What They Deserve?


Phyllis Ayman

122 pages

The story begins inside the COVID-19 storm which ravaged our nation’s nursing homes, affecting the over one million residents and the healthcare workers who are the true unsung heroes working there. Offering an on the ground perspective, Dignity & Respect, details how it felt inside the nursing home, especially the lack of PPE and how that impacted the spread of the virus.

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Dignity & Respect continues tracing the story to the ill effects of isolation and loneliness on older adults, whether they are living in nursing homes or amongst us in our nation’s communities and goes on to address our attitudes towards aging and older adults. These attitudes are deeply entrenched in our language and our culture and affect how we feel about “getting older” from both a societal and individual perspective, ultimately affecting the care our elders receive. This insightful and informative book asserts that the core values of respect and dignity are the foundation for developing strategies that will help all those we love, and our future selves. to achieve a greater sense of peace and contentment as we age.

Phyllis Ayman known as “The Voice for Eldercare Advocacy” is an Eldercare Consultant, Advocate, Speaker and Speech & Language Pathologist who brings an insider’s view into the nursing home industry after working in 40+skilled nursing/short-term rehabilitation facilities for over 25 years. In her second book about the industry, “OVERDUE Quality Care for Our Elder Citizens” she provides valuable insight and necessary information for individuals and families so they can become more informed and effective advocates for themselves and their loved ones. Phyllis has been a regular guest on WGCH AM Greenwich Business Talk Radio since November 2018 and was interviewed on the Sustainable Success Show on Voice America Radio in January 2019. She is also a board member of the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. As a speech & language pathologist, Phyllis is been known for her empathy and high standards of care while building and creating innovative programs in an effort to improve the quality of life and quality of care for all nursing home residents.