Normal changes in the speech of older adults. You’ve still got what it takes, it just takes a little longer!

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ann Louise Cralidis (Creator)
Celia R Hooper, Dean, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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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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Language: English
Date: 2009
speech, gerontology, motor control, aging, speech motor behavior, older adults, communication

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