1. What Does Living Your Best Self Mean to You? Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP 52:51

It’s likely that when we hear the expression living our best selves we think of it in terms of our physical, mental and even spiritual well-being.
According to Lauren Solomon it has a broader meaning.
Lauren essentially took everything her mother taught her about clothing and design and made it a life’s work. But she’s also taken it to another level. She helps people
understand that is not only about your Image but it has a lot to do with how you feel about yourself and the response you receive from others. Self-confidence is certainly an important part of well-being.
But this episode’s story about well-being extends beyond Lauren’s profession. Her story of how and where she worked took a turn in 2020, as it did for many of us.. Lauren has a family and older parents who needed her during the pandemic. Fortunately, the nature of her business allowed her to pick up and move across the country when her family needed her most.
It was during this time that her mother’s medical condition became a serious concern.
Several specialists later, a condition she lived with for many years finally received the attention it needed. But it also meant her mother had to change basic habits: what she ate and how she ate. Habits are difficult to change, a habit as basic of how we eat takes painstaking work and the help of others.
The remarkable story of where Lauren’s mother is now, as compared to where she was prior to discovering and understanding her condition, and making the needed changes, is a prime example of what’s possible with the commitment to do the work in order to sustain Healthy Aging at any age.

Phyllis Ayman Ambassador for Conscious Aging Life Management and #1 WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author, Podcaster

Phyllis Ayman is the Ambassador for Conscious Aging Life Management, and founder of Mindful Longevity Solutions. She coaches individuals to develop their Personalized Longevity or Wellness Care Plans so they can live as healthfully, happily ,and fulfilled as they possibly can. As an aging life careplanning coach and mediator, she guides families to make decisions and mediate challenging conversations around aging care issues. She conceived and owns the trademark IMpathy®, essentially the inner game of empathy, which the hallmark of her proprietary programs.

Ayman is a #1 WSJ and USA Today Best Selling author, featured speaker, panel moderator, trainer, advocate gerontological speech/language pathologist and dementia care specialist. She spent over 40,000 hours working with thousands of individuals and families in long term care. Her writings have been featured in Next Avenue, McKnight’s Long Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living, and the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner Newsletters.