Effective communication with older adults
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Effective communication with older adults

Louise Daly Assistant professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland

Communication is an essential aspect of life, yet it can be taken for granted. Its centrality to being in the world and in professional practice often becomes evident when nurses and older adults encounter communication difficulties. The factors that can affect nurses’ communication with older adults relate to the older adult, the nurse, sociocultural considerations and the environment, and the interactions between these factors. In adopting a person-centred approach to communicating with older adults, it is necessary to get to know the person as an individual and ensure communication meets their needs and abilities. Effective communication is essential in nursing practice and requires professional competence and engagement. This article can be used by nurses to support effective communication with older adults across the continuum of care.

Nursing Standard. 31, 41, 55-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10832



Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 February 2017

Accepted: 13 April 2017