How to communicate with older adults whether you are visiting a grandparent or you are a social worker who deals with older adults from time to time age related health problems can present a barrier to effective communication chronic. In summary older people with communication disabilities form a diverse group in which the burden of disability increases over time because these disabilities may interfere with access to health and maintenance of valued social interaction identification and management is critical. We know from the study of effective communication that people including many older adults generally dont respond well when they feel like theyre constantly being ordered what to do. 4 icaas guidelines for effective communication with older adults international council on active aging 1 basic language and imagery strategies avoiding bias in language is always a good practice negative stereotypes exist of people solely because of gender. The older person and communication social cultural educational background emotional state language 7 the older person and communication disease physical changes interest 8 physical changes in older people we communicate with our whole body any change or deterioration to our senses affects communication vision hearing smell touch
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