From the Coordinator Greetings to all of Division 15’s old and new affiliates. I am very pleased to be writing the introduction for our July issue of Perspectives on Gerontology. This issue has been published jointly with Division 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations. The subject of ... Coordinator's Column
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Coordinator's Column   |   July 01, 2006
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SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2006, Vol. 11, 1-2. doi:10.1044/gero11.1.1
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2006, Vol. 11, 1-2. doi:10.1044/gero11.1.1
Greetings to all of Division 15’s old and new affiliates. I am very pleased to be writing the introduction for our July issue of Perspectives on Gerontology. This issue has been published jointly with Division 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations. The subject of cultural and linguistic diversity is very relevant to all of us working with the elderly. Being sensitive to the backgrounds and belief systems of our clients goes a long way in building the trust that is so important for successful treatment. Many of us work with the elderly who have cognitive impairment, where this is particularly important in understanding behavior-based communication. In addition to our clients, those of us in long-term care see evidence on a daily basis of the melting pot that still defines America. As clinicians, we are part of a culturally diverse workforce, where health care workers from a variety of language backgrounds are caring for older adults. Taking into account the normal hearing deficits of aging and the decline in cognitive abilities of some elderly, it seems possible that having to process accented speech may create special communication difficulties for this population. This is the topic that our current issue addresses.
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