Implications for the Speech-Language Pathologist
The role of the speech language pathologist is to continually seek new methods of prevention, differential diagnosis, and intervention with older adults (Boone, et al., 2013).
In many cases, the underlying cause of a voice disorder in an older adult is not due to advancing age. Voice disorders in older adults typically are from an underlying physiological conditions
Vocal fold paralysis
Functional voice disorders
Inflammatory and autoimmune diseases
Management and therapy should focus on disease processes that accompany aging rather than just the aging voice.