I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby

Caroline Egan, March 2021

Calling older people names like ‘sweetie’ or ‘dear’ is quite common in aged care homes. But researchers have found that when aged care workers speak to older people as though they are children, it creates the perception of incompetence, and that can lead to a downward spiral.

Smiling Elder Woman Waving Her Finger

What is ‘elderspeak’?

Elderspeak is the practice of speaking to older people as though they were children.

Hellocare read in full at Source: https://hellocare-com-au.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hellocare.com.au/im-not-your-good-girl-why-older-people-dont-like-being-spoken-to-like-a-baby/?amp

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