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Communicating with the Elderly

1hour 0.1CEUs


Discusses communicating with the elderly, the keys to good communication and special considerations to consider when talking with the elderly.

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Communicating with the Elderly

Course Contents

•  About Communication

•  4 Keys to Communication

•  Special Considerations When

•  Talking with The Elderly

•  Summary

•  Resources



Human beings are social creatures.  We are in constant communication with each other.  As we work, play and love, we are continually acting "in concert with others."

Yet our communication style is different at home, at work, with friends, with strangers.   We have different things to say to people we work for and people who work for us.   We say things in a different way to our children and to our parents.   We talk in different ways, about different things, to children and to elderly people.

As a professional care provider, it is important to look at how we communicate with elderly people.  This class will take a look at the barriers to clear communication in general and at what is special about communicating with the elderly.

“Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others .... ”  - Deborah Tannen

Adult Care

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this class, the learner will be able to:

  • identify reasons why an elderly patient may have trouble understanding or follow your instructions
  • describe two techniques to help communication with a patient with dementia
  • describe the four keys to communication
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