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The medical and therapeutical care for persons of senior age has progressively been gaining importance in several disciplines, including speech-language pathology. With current demographic trends in mind it becomes obvious that the demand for intervention is increasing and will further increase especially against the background of elderly people preferring to live independently in their familiar environment for as long as possible ("outpatient rather that inpatient").Speech-language pathology based interventions in the geriatric context often comprehend the treatment of deviances in language, speech and deglutition in combination with progressive underlying diseases. Therapeuts often feel the need to justify their work, even though the demand cannot effectively be overlooked. Thus, the need for an alteration in the definition of therapeutic success is urgent. The preservation of the status quo as well as an adequate professional support for the patients and their relatives are desirable objectives worth formulating and pursuing.


  • Ritterfeld, U. & Oster, P. (1988). Geschlechtsabhängige Therapieerfolge in der Aphasietherapie beim alten Menschen. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie, 21, 282-284.