ArticleKeeping the Conversation Going: Information and Strategies for Reducing the Impact of Sensory, Motor, and Cognitive Changes That Affect the Quality of Communication in Elderly Patients in Long-Term CareD'Wynter, Lydia Catherine MA, CCC-SLPAuthor Information Corresponding author: Lydia Catherine D'Wynter, MA, CCC-SLP, Sava Senior Care, 2700 South Haven Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401 (e-mail: [email protected]). Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: July-September 2006 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 256-267 Buy Abstract One's intuitive impression is that optimizing the quality of communication for the elderly in long-term care settings results in improved care delivery, improved client and employee satisfaction, and reduced caregiver stress. Here, the author outlines basic sensorimotor and cognitive changes associated with aging that affect communication, based on current cognitive-linguistic theory and upon her clinical experience as a provider of speech-language therapy in a long-term care environment. Specific strategies for reducing the impact of communication impairments related to aging are discussed. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.