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"Elderspeak" Can Negatively Affect Health of Older People

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Reuben Chow - Natural News
11/23/2008

(NaturalNews) It is quite common that many of us speak to older folks in a different manner and with a different tone. "Elderspeak" bears many traits which are similar to "baby talk", and these include simplified grammar and vocabulary, as well as overly intimate terms of endearment. And recent research has shown that such a communication style may not only be exasperating and insulting to many of the elderly, it can even negatively affect their health.

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