Expanding Consideration of the Personal When Considering AAC What it means to age well and be “healthy” despite progressive disease and cumulative disability differs considerably from age to stage models of lifespan development. As Vaillant (2002)  pointed out, chronological age has less impact on living well as the years roll by, while stage models of adult development ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2004
Expanding Consideration of the Personal When Considering AAC
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  • Fran Hagstrom
    Communication Disorders, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2004
Expanding Consideration of the Personal When Considering AAC
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2004, Vol. 9, 13-16. doi:10.1044/gero9.2.13
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2004, Vol. 9, 13-16. doi:10.1044/gero9.2.13
What it means to age well and be “healthy” despite progressive disease and cumulative disability differs considerably from age to stage models of lifespan development. As Vaillant (2002)  pointed out, chronological age has less impact on living well as the years roll by, while stage models of adult development (e.g., Freud, 1946) do not address those personal things that contribute to a life well lived. Based on longitudinal studies begun in the early 20th century, Vaillant concluded that positive aging is ultimately linked to what went right in a person’s life and the acceptance of what went wrong in genuine, affable, and socially connected ways. If Vaillant’s conclusion is accurate, when individuals and families are confronted with choices about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), appreciating the lived life of the client and the ways the person is socially connected can provide insight about the importance of AAC for the potential user, family and friends. Appropriate AAC choices in turn can contribute to aging well.
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