Normal Changes in the Speech of Older Adults: You've still got what it takes; it just takes a little longer! The authors reviewed the changes in speech production as a result of aging, including changes in structure and function as well as changes in motor control for speech. The following speech production processes in normal or typical aging were reviewed: breathing for speech, phonation, resonation, articulation, and fluency. Different theories ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2009
Normal Changes in the Speech of Older Adults: You've still got what it takes; it just takes a little longer!
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Celia R. Hooper
    School of Health and Human Performance, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Ann Cralidis
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2009
Normal Changes in the Speech of Older Adults: You've still got what it takes; it just takes a little longer!
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2009, Vol. 14, 47-56. doi:10.1044/gero14.2.47
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2009, Vol. 14, 47-56. doi:10.1044/gero14.2.47
Abstract

The authors reviewed the changes in speech production as a result of aging, including changes in structure and function as well as changes in motor control for speech. The following speech production processes in normal or typical aging were reviewed: breathing for speech, phonation, resonation, articulation, and fluency. Different theories of the role of motor control were reviewed, including more recent conclusions that cognition influences speech motor behavior throughout the lifespan. There are many speech changes in the communication of an older adult, but most are adaptive and do not affect good conversational speech.

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