Communication and Active Participation (Caregiver) Issues The task of this group was to identify challenges for older adults who may be faced with communication challenges following stroke or degenerative neurological impairments. The impact of these challenges on the ability of these individuals to fully participate in a variety of social contexts was also considered. Focus group ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2005
Communication and Active Participation (Caregiver) Issues
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  • Julie Scherz
    Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2005
Communication and Active Participation (Caregiver) Issues
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2005, Vol. 14, 20-21. doi:10.1044/aac14.3.20
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2005, Vol. 14, 20-21. doi:10.1044/aac14.3.20
The task of this group was to identify challenges for older adults who may be faced with communication challenges following stroke or degenerative neurological impairments. The impact of these challenges on the ability of these individuals to fully participate in a variety of social contexts was also considered. Focus group members were, Julie Scherz, Lynn Fox, Dale Reeves, Dick Lytton. Sandy Ryan, Sheila Simmons, Paul Markel, and Tom Linares.
Our group established the metaphor of the bridge as our working premise. In using this metaphor, we acknowledged that a bridge does not exist without the land on either side of it. Crossing the bridge is a transition from one site to another. So too, with an adult who experiences a communication impairment after having been an able communicator, crossing the bridge is a transition from a premorbid functional, verbal context to a “replacement,” nonverbal context. The bridge, then, becomes a part of the grieving process, where the adult has an opportunity to acknowledge a loss of skills and goals and then establish a new normal way of participating in his/her social community.
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