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Language in Normal Aging

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Communication is fundamental for the older adult’s quality of life. Communication styles and language abilities change with age. Normal age changes in language ability will be presented, with an emphasis on age-related changes at the discourse level and their impact on communication ability.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe age-related changes in microlinguistic and macrolinguistic processes at the discourse level.
  • After this course, participants will be able to explain how communication style and intent of communication changes across the adult lifespan.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe differences between age-related changes in older adults' language abilities and disease-related changes.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-15 Minutes Introduction and overview of language and discourse processes
15-45 Minutes Discussion of specific discourse, communication, and language changes across the adult lifespan
45-55 Minutes Review of recent empirical evidence differentiating normal changes in language from disease-related changes in language in the older adult
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Course Presenter

heather harris wright

Heather Harris Wright, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Heather Harris Wright is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University.  Her research focus includes assessment and treatment of persons with aphasia and identifying the influence of cognitive function on language processing in aphasia and across the adult lifespan. She is PI on an NIH/NIA R01 grant investigating the interaction among cognitive operations and linguistic components of discourse processing in cognitively healthy adults across the lifespan.  Dr. Wright is also an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and will be the North American Editor for Aphasiology beginning July 1, 2012. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and has been published in several journals including Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research, Aphasiology, and Brain and Language.

The presenter has no financial or nonfinancial interests related to this course. 


Presenter Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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