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Data and Statistics

High Resolution Graphic[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Communicating with Older Adults


All of the principles on this page apply to older adults as well, but here are some additional tips for communicating with this population.

  • Beware of the tendencies to stereotype older adults or use patronizing speech.
  • Sit face-to-face and speak clearly 
  • Minimize background noise
  • Ask open ended questions and LISTEN
  • Address your older patient/client even if a companion is in the room
  • Engage in shared decision making
  • Ensure recommendations make sense to your patient/client's specific living situation
  • Verify comprehension - your own and theirs.

(adapted from The Gerontological Society of America's Communicating with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works)


Methods and Recommendations

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Cognitive Health + Aging 


Cognitive Health + Aging Evidence

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Cognitive Health + Aging Activities

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Cognitive Health + Aging Handouts 

Nutrition for Older Adults

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Physical Activity for Older Adults




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Mental Health for Older Adults

Facts and Data


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Library Collection

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Health Communities and Aging in Place