Assessing Aging Adults: The Whos, Whats, Whens, Whys & Hows

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 Amanda Stead, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
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The population over age 65 is set to balloon from 30 million currently to over 75 million in 20 years. With this increase, there is a greater need for clinicians to be prepared for long-term tracking and assessment of abilities. Speech-Language Pathologists will be at the forefront of service for this growing demographic. The differentiation between what is "normal" and what is not is often difficult to distinguish, and can be altered by many circumstances. This course will explore the boundaries between age associated decline and pathological decline, as well as ways to assess the difference. The course will also address strategies to track changes over time and when those changes may indicate the need for further intervention.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between declines associated with normal healthy aging and declines due to pathology.
  • Assess area of language and cognition associated with early stage Mild Cognitive Impairment.
  • Develop a plan for tracking language and cognitive change over time.
 About Amanda: Dr. Amanda Stead is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her PhD was completed at Louisiana State University in 2011 with a focus on the relationship between language, assessment, and Alzheimer's Disease. Her passion for working with dementia patients comes from personal family experience and from her experiences in long-term care settings. It is her personal goal to educate students and the community about the important role speech-language pathologists play in the care of dementia patients.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional area)

Course Timeline:
5 minutes: Introduction
15 minutes: Issue in Aging
30 minutes: Typical vs. Atypical
45 minutes: Assessment tools
10 minutes: Tracking Change Over Time
15 minutes: Closing and Questions

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Amanda Stead is a speaker for and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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