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.
What is ‘elderspeak’?
Elderspeak is the practice of speaking to older people as though they were children.