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Successful Aging: Linking Hearing and Memory to Social, Psychological and Health Factors (.15 CEUs)

Recorded On: 08/19/2015

Successful Aging: Linking Hearing and Memory to Social, Psychological and Health Factors

Recorded August 19, 2015

Duration: 90 minutes

Presenter: M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD

CEUs: .15

Who Should Attend: Audiologists working with older adults

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web seminar will be able to:

1.Explain the links between auditory aging and cognitive aging
2.Explain how social factors can affect and be affected by age-related changes in hearing and cognition
3.Frame rehabilitation planning in terms of the Selective Optimization with Compensation model (Baltes & Baltes, 1990)

Description: It is well known that the population is aging and there is increasing evidence that hearing loss is a risk factor for a number of age-related mental and physical health problems. Importantly, hearing loss and cognitive loss become more prevalent with age and older adults with hearing loss are at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia than peers with normal hearing. The first part of this eAudiology Web seminar will review auditory and cognitive aging and consider how these age-related changes may affect and be affected by social factors (e.g., stigma, self-efficacy, social support and isolation). The second part will focus on implications and future directions for practice. An assessment issue is whether or not audiologists should test memory and how the results of such tests could be used to improve practice for older adults who have normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment or dementia. A rehabilitation issue is how audiologists can reframe interventions to achieve 'successful aging' by applying the Selective Optimization and Compensation model (Baltes & Baltes, 1990).

Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto. She completed a B.A. in Linguistics at the University of Toronto (1977) and a M.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia (1980). She worked as a clinical audiologist and then the Supervisor of Audiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and then returned to complete a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto (1991). Until 2002, she was a faculty member in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences and Director of the Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research at UBC. Her research is funded by NSERC and CIHR, including being the hearing expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and a researcher in the Canadian Consortium on Neuro-degeneration and Aging. She is now translating her lab-based research on auditory and cognitive aging to address the needs of older adults who suffer from both hearing and cognitive impairments. Kathy serves on the editorial boards of Ear and Hearing and the International Journal of Audiology. She was President of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1984-87), has served on the executive boards of the Canadian Acoustical Association (1998-2002, 2011-present), the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (1997-2003), the Canadian Academy of Audiology (2002-2004) and as the Canadian representative to the International Society of Audiology (2004-2010, 2014-16). She is a co-chair of the World Congress of Audiology to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in September 2016. She has been awarded the Honours of the Association by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1987), the President's Award of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (2007), and the International Award of the American Academy of Audiology (2014).

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