This inter-Institute exploratory symposium highlighted leading contemporary approaches to the study of human language. Speakers presented current research on language changes with age and in age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Participants discussed the following topics:
•Phenomenon of “elderspeak”
•How language use in early life may predict later life outcomes
•Bilingualism and how it impacts cognitive change and language use in later life
•Differences between normal age-related changes in language and those changes in relation to Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (primary progressive aphasia)
NIH sponsors included NIA, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The speakers at this workshop were Susan Kemper, Loraine Obler, and Sandra Weintraub.
Dr. Molly Wagster