Communication and Aging
Like many things in life, communication consists of skill and art. Normal aging processes can lead to changes in hearing, voice, word finding, memory and swallowing. Some people experience difficulties due to neurological conditions or changes caused by illnesses such as cancer, respiratory difficulties, dementia, etc.
Speech therapy can help individuals experiencing such changes by evaluating individual strengths and weaknesses. This information helps to provide strategies to improve communication skills for each individual’s unique needs. The focus is on optimizing health, social interaction, safety and improving quality of life.
Families who have a loved one with dementia often experience frustration due to communication challenges. Speech therapy can help to address these issues by providing education and strategies to address difficulties.
For more information, please see: www.sac-oac.ca/public/seniors