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Course # 5457
Language in Normal Aging

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Basic Communication Processes; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

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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This course was recorded on June 15, 2012


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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

Average Rating

(290 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 290 reviews

Review by: Kristin on November 30, 2015
Interesting topic
Review by: Alphonso on November 29, 2015
Very good presenter with a wealth of practical information that should be internalized by clinicians.
Review by: Member on November 22, 2015
Information is easy to follow
Review by: Member on November 22, 2015
The examples that were given illustrated the various concepts.
Review by: Member on November 19, 2015
I had a very difficult time following the speaker. I felt like she talked in circles .
Review by: Member on November 18, 2015
Speaker did not clearly express herself at times. Slides were helpful.
Review by: Patricia on November 16, 2015
good report of research on this topic
Review by: Kaylene on November 14, 2015
Lots of helpful information to use when listening to my parents and their language to see how they are doing.
Review by: Member on November 12, 2015
Presenter read power point. Reading was dysfluent at times.
Review by: Member on November 11, 2015
Review by: Robin on November 10, 2015
normal aging language skills since I treat geriatric patients in home health
Review by: john on November 10, 2015
evry well presented and well-timed
Review by: Paul on November 9, 2015
well organized and good handouts
Review by: Member on October 8, 2015
Interesting subject matter
Review by: Suzie on September 15, 2015
This is a topic I know very little about and was not even aware of the depth of research dealing with it.
Review by: Member on August 28, 2015
The clarity of information provided by presenter and the handouts.
Review by: Member on August 15, 2015
I understand the evaluation aspects of this course, but not sure how relevant it is for therapy. It is not understood whether this is useful in treating adults with language disorders or not. Also, indeterminate whether normal discourse changes with age should themselves be treated.
Review by: Stacy on August 2, 2015
Very organized
Review by: Carol on June 12, 2015
It completely made sense.
Review by: Sharon on June 11, 2015
Great course for comparative purposes: normal vs diagnosed disorder!
Review by: Jane on March 25, 2015
I found the information interesting and easy to follow along.
Review by: Alena on March 24, 2015
Clear and relevant information supported by research and very applicable.
Review by: Caroline on February 19, 2015
Good examples to demonstrate issues coffered
Review by: Janet on January 7, 2015
good infor to process for application in field
Review by: Sara on December 8, 2014
Its a very interesting and unique topic. I work with older adults and the speaker is spot-on with her research and application to our goals.
Review by: Joan on November 28, 2014
Content was organized, clear, and descriptive
Review by: Lisa on August 7, 2014
the way it was presented
Review by: Melissa on June 25, 2014
Examples and thorough handouts plus responses to questions at end of presentation
Review by: Kathryn on May 18, 2014
I would have liked more to get a more practical interpretation of research results. Otherwise, I liked that the research was so comprehensive.
Review by: Patti on May 7, 2014
Very good. Full of research.
Review by: Angela on February 8, 2014
good examples
Review by: Ayanna on December 28, 2013
Review by: Bonnie on December 17, 2013
Relevant material for personal and professional use.
Review by: Maryann on December 1, 2013
the speaker presented information on a topic which is very important for clinicians working with older patients…What is normal?
Review by: Julia on November 27, 2013
applicable to personal relationships as well as clinical interactions.
Review by: Amy on November 18, 2013
It provided good information to assist in determining what is considered normal language characteristics in the populations we work with.
Review by: Holly on November 6, 2013
Interesting topic, well-research, and well-organized. No references listed in handout.
Review by: Patricia on September 10, 2013
It was in depth and informative.
Review by: Sharon on September 2, 2013
Amount of cited research; good information on the topic
Review by: Elizabeth on September 1, 2013
organization, use of examples, citing research throughout
Review by: Kathryn on August 15, 2013
Examples used and ability to relate it to normal versus disease related language changes. Presentation was interesting and presented some new material I had not heard previously.
Review by: Garen on August 3, 2013
clear and concise
Review by: Abid on August 1, 2013
relevant information when working in geriatric population
Review by: Karol on July 20, 2013
I enjoyed the presenter's style
Review by: Dana on July 9, 2013
Increased my awareness of normal language decline in aging adults.
Review by: Pearl on July 2, 2013
It contained information that is helpful in determining what can be considered "normal" aging when considering the elder person's communicative discourse.
Review by: Brooklyn on May 1, 2013
Review by: Layo on April 13, 2013
Presenter's depth of knowledge and use of research/evidenced-based info and literature.
Review by: Christina on March 3, 2013
Clear presentation
Review by: Roseann on February 7, 2013
Quality of information.
Review by: Joyce on December 31, 2012
organization of presentation
Review by: Terri on December 29, 2012
very good information clearly laid out!
Review by: Annemarie on December 15, 2012
The organization was clear and the examples very helpful in understanding the speaker's point.
Review by: Lelis on December 9, 2012
The presenter provided an extensive explanation on the changes in discourse that come with age and presented research findings supporting those changes. Very informative presentation.
Review by: Benna on December 5, 2012
Interesting information; sometimes a little difficult to understand and follow the informtion.
Review by: Caroline on December 1, 2012
confirms clinical observations with older adults
Review by: julie on November 28, 2012
Good refresher on normal aging. Sometimes we forget what we are hearing from our clients is normal aging .
Review by: Kristin on November 19, 2012
Clear, precise, informative
Review by: Talia on November 11, 2012
the information
Review by: Melanie on November 8, 2012
good information, clearly stated, great speaking rate
Review by: Julie on November 8, 2012
Clear and relevant information for all comunicators!
Review by: Jayne on November 7, 2012
Review by: Alice on November 2, 2012
The presenter was highly knowledgable about the topic and had good examples about the area focused upon.
Review by: Marilyn on October 17, 2012
Speaker seemed to be hesitant about material at times. Overall not a bad course.
Review by: Lauren on October 17, 2012
It was informative and there were good examples and samples provided
Review by: Sue on October 16, 2012
Presenter's knowledge and down-to-earth style
Review by: Risa on October 13, 2012
Practical information with good support from research.
Review by: Janice on October 12, 2012
Concise information that is very useful in planning therapy goals.
Review by: Ramona on September 15, 2012
Very precise, clear information
Review by: monica on September 6, 2012
Good examples and well organized material.
Review by: Traci on August 28, 2012
The presenter was very knowledgeable.
Review by: Deborah on August 28, 2012
The weath of knowledge the speaker had to share
Review by: Leonard on August 26, 2012
This was the first presentation of this topic that I have attended, which gave valuable information regarding language behavior in older adults, in addition to ways of minimizing its decline, provided by an enthusiastically knowledgable presenter. All adults would benefit from this.
Review by: Amy on August 23, 2012
informative and practical
Review by: Anne on August 19, 2012
Very interesting and well organized overview of normal changes in discourse language in older adults (70+). I especially appreciated the comparison of normal adult changes to that which would be noted in an Aphasic adult.
Review by: Paula on August 11, 2012
interesting topic.Speaker vey knowledgeable of topic and had organized material in a way that facilitated learning.
Review by: Susan on August 6, 2012
Great topic, indepth explanations
Review by: Ellyn on August 4, 2012
Specific Examples
Review by: Cynthia on August 2, 2012
Review by: Katherine on August 1, 2012
Course material was well presented; very clear, and interesting.
Review by: Janice on July 29, 2012
Extremely interesting topic and important knowledge to have whether working with older adults or just becoming older. Presenter was very well organized and examples given to support her points were excellent.
Review by: Catherine on July 19, 2012
Relevant examples to support the content
Review by: Anita on July 17, 2012
The presenter was extremely organized and simplified the topic.
Review by: Lanita on July 10, 2012
The content was well defined and presented in a manner to facilitate interest.
Review by: Kimberly on July 9, 2012
Age differences were very intriguing
Review by: Paula on July 7, 2012
clear information on aging language
Review by: Miroslava Christine on July 4, 2012
Explicit explanation of discourse in the language of the aging.
Review by: Ann on July 2, 2012
Excellent presenter with functional information relevant to geriatric case load. Thank you!
Review by: Dana on June 29, 2012
Unique topic.
Review by: Tracy on June 28, 2012
able to complete at my convenience and targeted specifically on a topic I evaluate daily in my clinical setting.
Review by: Nicole on June 27, 2012
content was well organized
Review by: Janet on June 27, 2012
Very informative! Great topic and presenter.
Review by: Virginia on June 22, 2012
Discussion of different processes and variations in each
Review by: Susan on June 19, 2012
The information about macro and microcohesion was interesting. i would have like more examples of what language looked like in normal aging as compares to aphasic or dementia patients.
Review by: Babette on June 19, 2012
Review by: Susan on June 18, 2012
The lecture was very informative. Lecturer was easy to follow. I am a visual learner and enjoyed the charts to accompany the audio.
Review by: elizabeth on June 18, 2012
It treats an aspect of language not often studied (vs. pathology) and affects the way we might view elicited discourse as well as consideration of the type of discourse in the aging population.
Review by: adelyn on June 18, 2012
Clear presentation and abundance of excellent examples.
Review by: Melissa on June 15, 2012
very interesting topic
Review by: Lisa on June 15, 2012
speaker was very informative and knowledgeable.

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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.

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

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Basic Communication Processes; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Basic Communication Processes Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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