September 28, 2021: Eliminating Elderspeak through Compassionate Communication
Understanding elderspeak as a type of biased communication is vital to prevent future ageist behavior towards older adult patients and, thus, improve health outcomes. Elderspeak, most commonly found in long-term care settings, has been identified as a growing communication barrier between younger and older generations, especially in healthcare. Effective communication between patients and providers improves trust and adherence to treatment plans. Health communication and cultural sensitivity training are crucial for incoming, young health providers. As Boomer clinicians age and retire, they will be replaced by millennials who will need to learn how to navigate intergenerational relationships with their new Boomer patients.