Social communication in older age: lessons from people with aphasia

Top Stroke Rehabil. 2006 Winter;13(1):1-13. doi: 10.1310/0GGQ-CJDX-N2BR-W7W4.


Lessons on social communication in older age are drawn from the stories and qualitative case reports of three older people who have aphasia following stroke. Descriptive accounts of participant responses to qualitative interviews and stimulated recall of natural conversations, together with information from a social network diary, provide evidence of aspects of social communication relevant to the older person with aphasia. The perspectives of individuals and common themes relating to social communication with family and friends, the experience of aphasia, and living with aphasia in older age are presented. The prominence of conversations and the role of storytelling and of humor within the daily social communication of older people are illuminated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged / psychology*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aphasia / psychology*
  • Communication*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Social Support
  • Stroke / psychology