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.

The authors aimed to assess from the published evidence whether hearing loss does pose a risk for cognitive impairment. 10 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This article discusses the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the efficacy of auditory training and cognitive training to improve function in adults with hearing loss. 20 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This publication discusses the evidence regarding the associations between age-related hearing loss and other age-related health issues and describes how social factors influence and are influenced by ae-related hearing loss to guide new approaches to audiologic practice. 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.

This study offers a brief literature review on the issues and prospects relating to the unique relationship between hearing and cognitive decline, with a general introduction to the main topics before focusing on rehabilitation training with hearing aids and cochlear implants to combat cognitive decline. 4 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

The authors describe a prospective analysis where they quantified the association of hearing impairment with incident dementia as well as domain-specific cognitive decline in memory, perceptual speed and processing speed. 7 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

The authors state that age-related hearing loss is a substantial marker for frailty in older age and is also a contributing factor to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. 7 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This publication advocates for patients with cognitive symptoms to be evaluated for hearing loss, overviews hearing loss treatments and introduces the potential of cognitive behavioral therapy in combination with auditory training.  5 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

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