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Communicating With Older Adults

White, Mary, L., PhD, RN; Verdusco, L., Michael, PhD, MA

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000653
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As people age, physiological changes can occur causing deterioration of one or more of the senses, including hearing, vision, taste, and smell. The loss of sensory function can decrease the extent to which older adults can communicate, especially with their healthcare providers. The purpose of this article is to examine communication between older adults and healthcare providers, focusing on best practices and devices that can enhance and benefit their health and well-being. One consideration is the use of digital technology, such as smart phones, electronic tablets, and computers, to help mitigate the effects of aging on communication.

Mary L. White, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan.

L. Michael Verdusco, PhD, MA, is the Director of Educational Technology, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Mary L. White, PhD, RN, McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221 (whiteml@udmercy.edu).

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