What Effect Can Aging Have on Communication?

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

– Samuel Ullman

Everyone ages differently. And while there are countless good things that come with growing older, such as possessing greater life wisdom and experience, or having more time to pursue hobbies and interests, it is relatively common to experience some level of decline in certain areas. Skills such as memory and attention, that are associated with communication, are often affected. Alzheimer’s Disease is an example of a condition that is often associated with aging that can also lead to a decline in the ability to communicate.

Of course, the impact of aging can extend beyond the neurological and into the physical realm as well. Swallowing can be affected as the muscles involved with this process become less efficient. The loss of teeth or the acquisition of dentures may affect swallowing and can also impact speech.

Fortunately, there is help at hand for people experiencing these and other communication-related problems. Speech-Language Pathologists are trained to assess and treat communication difficulties, as well as swallowing challenges that may be associated with aging. At S.L. Hunter & Associates, the team works with people of all ages and at all stages of life to help them improve and overcome communication, swallowing and speech challenges. Early intervention is always best when a problem arises to address concerns and provide possible strategies. If you or someone you know is struggling to make themselves understood, consider calling a Speech-Language Pathologist in your area.

The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. They can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at www.slhunter.ca.