Talking About Elderspeak, VA South Central Michigan

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Many people change their way of speaking when they are talking with an elder. If you also change your way of speaking, when talking to a senior, what kind of changes do you make? Visiting Angels South Central Michigan breaks down elderspeak. 

To put it bluntly, elderspeak is exactly how it sounds. Elderspeak is when a younger person changes their way of speaking when talking to an elder. The person speaks to a senior in a condescending and pitying way. Examples of elderspeak include the use of exaggerated affectionate words and the use of “we” or “use” instead of “you.” All in all, elderspeak can have a negative effect on seniors. Seniors can feel resentment, depression, and embarrassment. 

To read the whole article, you may visit elderspeak: what is it and why it can be harmful