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Communication with Elders

Laura More, MSW, LCSW; Edie Deane, MS-CCC, CCM

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathology CEUs

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Communication with Elders is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides an overview of aging changes that affect communication, dysfunctional communication habits to avoid, and strategies for appropriate communication with elders.

Effective, appropriate communication with elders is important for many reasons. For speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists, communication is the foundation of service delivery. Communication is required for assessment of the person prior to treatment. Symptoms are, after all, subjective and must be reported by the person to the clinician. Effective communication also contributes to health literacy; the persons’ understanding of their condition, treatment options, and the treatment plan to be followed.

SLPs are ideally suited to facilitate communication with patients due to clinical expertise in communication. This expertise also makes them the leaders in educating other members of the interdisciplinary team on effective communication strategies with elders who have complex communication needs. This course will aid the SLP in improving communication with elders, and, in turn, improving their quality of life.

Course #21-44 | 2020 | 34 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Describe three aging changes that impact communication with elders
2.List three strategies for communication with a person with dementia
3.Distinguish between effective communication and elderspeak
4.Name a nonverbal body language sign that differs from culture to culture
5.Describe the most appropriate response to an elder with suicidal ideation
6.Identify signs of possible elder abuse

ASHA CE Approved Provider
Introductory Level | 0.2 ASHA CEUs | ASHA credit is available until 01/31/2026. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the monthly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider (#AAUM5169). Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the month in which the course was completed.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Laura More, MSW, LCSWhas been a licensed clinical social worker for over 40 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings, including: rehabilitation, oncology, trauma, skilled nursing, education, and management. She founded Care2Learn, an online continuing education resource for post-acute healthcare professionals. She has co-authored psychology and nursing books as well as authoring hundreds of online courses. Laura is currently a healthcare author/editor of online continuing education courses, specializing in evidence-based research review. She is the recipient of the 2010 Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Financial: Laura More receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

Edie Deane, MS-CCC, is a creative leader who infuses all her work with an entrepreneurial spirit. Edie’s career spans healthcare areas from hands-on service to e-business. Her portfolio of experience includes:  leadership, strategic and business development as online education company Care2Learn’s founder/owner; operations, administration, and education/training in national rehabilitation companies; and development of an e-learning department in a prominent healthcare software company. Edie currently owns ED Consulting & Coaching, focused on services for the LTPAC ecosystem. 

Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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