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“This book is particularly relevant now as the baby-boomer generation is aging and a greater proportion of the world's population is growing older. Interpersonal communication is clearly the most critical process for promoting social integration and adaptation of older adults within society. Yet understanding of the complex dynamics of interpersonal communication with the elderly is severely limited and the aged are often stigmatized, stereotyped, and isolated. This book will help clarify the role of communication in effective social integration and adaptation of the aged by providing comprehensive and in-depth analyses of relevant research and theory. The book integrates information on the most important issues and contexts influencing interpersonal communication and aging and the individual chapters are written by an excellent group of authors who have ...

Presbycusis, Communication, and Older Adults
Presbycusis, communication, and older adults
WilliamA.VillaumeMaryHelenBrownRiekoDarling

Numerous stereotypes persist about how elderly adults communicate. They may be seen as tending to withdraw, to repeat themselves, to dominate conversations, to speak loudly, and/or to tell long stories (see Ryan, Kwong See, Meneer, & Trovato, Chapter 2, this volume). Consequently, they may be considered less than competent and may be spoken to as such. Although these stereotypes may have some observational basis in reality (see Gold, Arbuckle, & Andres, Chapter 6, this volume), the communicative habits of elderly individuals do not indicate that the elderly passively accept the negative effects of aging. In fact, their communicative patterns often include proactive strategies for coping with the stress imposed on communication by aging. In particular, our ...

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