After spending 30 years teaching writing and literature primarily to traditional-age college students (18-25), Karen decided to focus for the next 30 years on "the generation above me." Currently, Karen is a graduate student in Aging Studies at Wichita State University and a volunteer working with older adults in a variety of venues.
Experts found when older adults are exposed to the patronizing language of elderspeak their performance on tasks decreases and their rates of depression increase.
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Dr. Bill Thomas
Dr. Bill Thomas is an international expert on elderhood and geriatric medicine. He is the founder of the Eden Alternative and Green House Project, a writer and musician. Follow Dr. Bill on Twitter and Facebook.