Leroy T. Laase
John H. Wiley
Date of this Version
There is a definite need for research in the area of communication and the aging. Although this paper is not the result of active. research, it is concerned with creating a better personal understanding and social awareness of the communicative disturbance associated with the process of aging. Those disorders which prevail as the major disrupters of communication and longevity will be discussed. Specific objectives of the paper are the following: (1) to develop and clarity the communicative areas of hearing, language, articulation, and voice as they apply to the course of aging; (2) to discuss these areas as they are altered by the ensuing conditions, presbyacusis; phonemic regression; phonatory changes associated with pitch, duration, and laryngestomized speech; cerebral involvement with emphasis upon aphasia, senile dementia, and arteriosclerosis; oral-facial-speech problems; and (3) to consider the etiology, nature, and prognosis of these disorders.
Advisors: Leroy T. Laase and John H. Wiley