[Aging and cerebral representation of language]

Acta Neurol Belg. 1993;93(5):245-67.
[Article in French]


Some characteristics of acquired aphasias during adulthood--frequency, severity, type of aphasia--would change with aging. In particular, Wernicke's aphasia patients are repeatedly reported to be older than Broca's. Several hypotheses are proposed to account for these age-related changes. One of the explanations puts forward hypothetical changes in the neural substrate with aging. A second hypothesis refers to the involvement of cognitive and behavioral changes occurring in elderly. A third one claims that changes in functional distribution of language in brain (between hemispheres and within left hemisphere) may occur with aging.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Aphasia / classification
  • Aphasia / physiopathology
  • Aphasia, Broca / physiopathology
  • Aphasia, Wernicke / physiopathology
  • Behavior
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Mental Processes / physiology
  • Middle Aged