Communication, Health, Aging, Relationship Types and Support
The goal of the study is to provide detailed information about the health, communication status, and social relationships of a diverse sample of community-dwelling older adults.
Older adults without significant health problems.
Older adults with a range of common health problems (e.g. arthritis, diabetes, heart disease)
Older adults with hearing impairment
Older adults with neurologic disease affecting mobility or communication (such as ALS, Parkinson's disease, MS, stroke)
Older adults with other types of conditions affecting voice, speech or communication (such as treatment for head and neck cancer, spasmodic dysphonia)
1. Over the age of 65.
3. No significant difficulties with memory (such as a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment)
4. Did not have any problems with voice, speech, hearing or communication in childhood (problems such as stuttering, cerebral palsy, deafness)
65 - 100
Healthy Volunteers Needed
Duration of Participation
1. All participants will be asked to fill out a written survey (approximately 15-20 minutes).
2. If willing, a few individuals will be selected to take part in individual face-to-face interviews with one of the study investigators (approximately 1 hour).
1. Of the approximately 100 individuals who return the completed questionnaire, 10 will be randomly selected to receive a $20 gift card.
2. Of the 12 individuals who participate in the individual face-to-face interviews, all 12 will receive a $20 gift card.