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Communication Disorders in Aging

Edited by: Raymond H. Hull
288 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10" 1 lbs
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Communication Disorders in Aging provides an in-depth look at communication disorders affecting older adults and their daily lives. Students and professionals will benefit from this text's unique coverage of specific disorders, such as dementia and Parkinson's Disease, and the corresponding treatment, counseling, and impact on family life.

No other book offers such a specific focus on older adult communication disorders. This focus applies to a wide variety of professions and courses, especially those involved with audiology, speech-language pathology, gerontology, geriatric medicine, counseling psychology, family counseling, psychiatry, primary care medicine, nursing, geriatric nurse practice, rehabilitative medicine, and other related fields.

Leading experts have contributed to Communication Disorders in Aging by sharing their knowledge in caring services and strategies. These contributions make the text multidisciplinary and critical to those serving or preparing to serve the growing population of older adults.


  • Joseph P. Pillion, Director of Audiology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA, International Journal of Audiology (April 2018):
    "Overall, the book will serve as a valuable resource for speech language, audiology, and students in training for other health care professions in communication disorders associated with aging. It is generally well written in language that will be well received by students in the health sciences and potentially by families in search of information on a communication disorder impacting on an aging family member."


Chapter 1. Demography and Characteristics of Communicatively Disordered Older Adults
Raymond H. Hull

Chapter 2. Serving This Generation of Older Adults: What We Need To Know
Judah L. Ronch and Jamie Jaegers

Chapter 3. Aphasia and Related Disorders in Older Adulthood
Julie W. Scherz

Chapter 4. The Dementias and Their Impact on Communication
Richard I. Edelson

Chapter 5. The Older Adult With Parkinson’s Disease
Raymond H. Hull

Chapter 6. Hearing Loss in Older Adulthood
Gabrielle H. Saunders, Dawn Konrad-Martin, and Raymond H. Hull

Chapter 7. The Impact of Impaired Hearing on Older Adults: A Dialogue
Raymond H. Hull

Chapter 8. The Effects of Medications on Communication in Older Adulthood
LaDonna S. Hale

Chapter 9. Modifications of Assessment and Treatment for Communicatively Impaired Older Adults
Michael E. Groher

Chapter 10. Counseling With Communicatively Impaired Older Adults and Their Family: Facilitating Successful Aging
Anthony DiLollo

Chapter 11. Environmental Factors in Communication with Older Adults
Raymond H. Hull

Chapter 12. Serving the Special Needs of Older Adults in Health Care Facilities
Raymond H. Hull


About The Editor

Raymond H. Hull

Raymond H. Hull, PhD is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Coordinator—Doctor of Audiology Program, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, and CEO of “The Center for Communication Solutions”. He was Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Northern Colorado for twelve years; held administrative posts within the Graduate School, being responsible for Graduate Program Review and Evaluation both at UNC and Wichita State University for 8 years; was the Director of Planning and Budget for the Office of the President for seven successful years at the University of Northern Colorado.

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