Special Interest Group 15 - Gerontology

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Clinical Considerations in Older Adults
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This collection of articles provides valuable information on clinical practice in the elderly, including the relationship between physical frailty and cognitive functioning in older adults, communication challenges in older adults in group care settings and the potential factors that contribute to meaningful interactions and engaged communication in these settings, and the importance of providing graduate students opportunities for skill development for end-of-life situations.
Addressing Current Demands in Geriatric Care: COVID-19 and the Workforce
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This course contains four articles that address current demands in geriatric care, including impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shifting demographics reflecting an aging population.
Clinical Practice Considerations: COVID-19, Word Retrieval, and Tinnitus
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
Three clinical practice considerations are reviewed within this course, including communication with patients/families in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, identification of word finding errors in normally aging individuals, and how to address severe tinnitus.
Social Considerations: Exercise and Engagement, Communicative Participation
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This Perspectives course contains three articles that focus on social considerations in the elderly, with emphases on risk factors for dementia and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
Quality of Life in Communication Among the Elderly
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This course is composed of three articles that center around quality of life: at end of life, following a stroke, and among individuals with voice disorders.
Progressive Topics for Consideration: Ageism, Systems of Oppression in Geriatrics, and Health Disparities
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This course examines three progressive cultural topics as they relate to speech-language pathology and audiology: ageism among CSD graduate students; institutional, symbolic, and individual systems of oppression; and the interaction between social determinants and health disparities.

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