Audiology, Dizziness, and Aging Aging is not a disease. It is an achievement. By and large, it is a benign process. However, the elderly have a disproportionate share, and often peculiar expressions and presentation of disease and, therefore, caring for them requires special skills, attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Collaborative interdisciplinary activities have repeatedly ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 1999
Audiology, Dizziness, and Aging
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  • James R. Webster, Jr.
    Buehler Center on Aging of the McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
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Article   |   August 01, 1999
Audiology, Dizziness, and Aging
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 12-14. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.12
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 12-14. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.12
Aging is not a disease. It is an achievement. By and large, it is a benign process. However, the elderly have a disproportionate share, and often peculiar expressions and presentation of disease and, therefore, caring for them requires special skills, attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Collaborative interdisciplinary activities have repeatedly been shown to yield the best clinical outcomes for the elderly, not only with respect to patient satisfaction, but also in terms of improved functional capacity, disease prevention, and demonstrate significant cost effectiveness, something that in this day and age is becoming more and more important (Campbell & Cole, 1987; Pearson, Silverman & Epstein, 1994). Physicians in the field of geriatrics consider speech-language pathologists and audiologists to be valued colleagues and integral members of the “geriatric team.” The following vignettes provide illustrations of typical problems we must address together.
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