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October 1979

Communication Disorders of the Aged: A Guide for Health Professionals,

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(10):631. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790220065019

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This work increases the reader's awareness of the need for greater understanding of the communication problems of the elderly and of those difficulties associated with the aging process. The text is divided into four sections and represents review of the scattered literature relevant to the elderly and of the authors' observations of the behavior of nursing home residents. This synthesis of introductory material is readily understood even if the reader possesses only minimal background information. Section 1 is an overview of the statistical and anatomic/physiologic bases for considering communication problems of individuals who are 65 years of age and older. Section 2 addresses four issues pertaining to disorders of hearing, general audiologic assessment procedures and conductive, sensorineural, and central auditory disorders. Agnosia, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, aphasia, dementia, cancer of the larynx, and speech/language assessment are topics of discussion in section 3. "Rehabilitative Considerations," section 4, reviews the role of

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