Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Speech, Language & Hearing in Older Age” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and Canadian Frailty Network are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to considerations related to speech, hearing and language in older adults. Topics include:

  • hearing loss
  • comorbidities of hearing loss
  • acquired cognitive communication disorders
  • voice changes & disorders in older age
  • non-invasive brain stimulation & aphasia
  • dysarthria
  • dysphonia
  • speech problems with dementia
  • voice disorders
  • post-stroke language recovery

6 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This publication provides an overview of therapeutic options for specific diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, CVA or stroke, head and neck cancer, vocal paralysis and  presbyphonia. 16 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This review provides a provide overview of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and aphasia research.  The authors suggest filling the gaps in understanding of the physiological changes induced by tCDS on language networks. 7 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This review examined the state of knowledge of post-stroke language recovery including the contributions from the dominant and non-dominant hemispheres. The authors discuss  and review the use of inhibitory and excitatory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in patients who experience post-stroke aphasia as rehabilitative tools. 17 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This review surveyed differences in the mechanisms of language representation between the two etiologies of aphasia and evaluated properties that may define and limit the success of different neuromodulation approaches for primary progressive aphasia and post-stroke aphasia. 16 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This paper analyzed the results of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) trials and highlighted different aspects related to the repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation frequency, transcranial direct current stimulation polarity, the period of stimulation places in acute and subacute ischemic strokes. 5 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This article describes the findings of a cross-sectional study investigating whether speech and voice features are related to Parkinson's Disease (PD) or a normal part of the aging process and any differences in the impact of dysarthria on quality of life between the PD group and the control group. 7 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

The authors investigated the efficacy of adaptive working-memory training in 24 older adults to examine the effect of cognitive training.  15 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This article describes a study examining the impact of speed-perception training on word recognition effort in older adults with hearing loss. 26 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

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