'Age has been recognized in Sociolinguistic research as one of the crucial social variables early on; for as we grow old we change our speech behaviour. Therefore, communication across age cohorts is not always without hitches. This is of particular relevance in the context of elderly care. Yet, the particular challenges of communication between caregiver and usually much older care recipient have rarely been studied, let alone addressed in care courses. The present volume fills a real gap. Based on empirical research in seven countries, it offers insights about how language use in care giving settings is patterned and how it can be improved.' Professor Florian Coulmas, Director of German Institute for Japanese Studies, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
'Backhaus provides essential reading for those wishing to care responsibly for as well as study older people. Yet this absorbing collection also harbors potential insights and transformable practices for all of us who care for others who are enduring problems and issues, irrespective of their age. This volume is a rich testament to the under-appreciated, yet incontestable, fact that caring is a complex communicative process.' Howard Giles, Professor of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
The topic of communication in elderly care is becoming ever more pressing, with an aging world population and burgeoning numbers of people needing care. This book looks at this critical but underanalyzed area. It examines the way people talk to each other in eldercare settings from an interdisciplinary and globally cross-cultural perspective.
The book combines theory and practice, with linguistically informed analysis of real-life interaction in eldercare settings across the world. Each chapter closes with a "Practical Recommendations" section that contains suggestions on how communication in eldercare can be improved. This book is an important and timely publication that will appeal to researchers and carers alike.