Aging and Aphasia

Some language changes that are characteristic of aphasia are also present in the normal elderly. For example, the most frequently reported age-related language changes in the normal elderly are word finding difficulties and the comprehension of complex sentences.

Elderly individuals with Broca's aphasia, on average tend to be significantly younger than the median age of people with Wernickes aphasia. Ninety-five percent of aphasias in individuals younger than 30 years of age are of the nonfluent type, whereas only 45% of aphasias are nonfluent in individuals over the age of 60. Results of studies addressing the predictive effect of age on prognosis for recovery are controversial.

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