American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

About Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology

Mission

  • The Mission of the SIG on Gerontology is to promote an understanding of the effects of normal and pathological aging on cognition, language, speech, hearing, and swallowing.
  • The SIG Mission is accomplished by: (a) providing "research-to-practice" professional development opportunities for affiliates; (b) developing communication and networking opportunities for affiliates in diverse professional and scientific settings; (c) increasing awareness of the communication and swallowing needs of older individuals among consumers and professionals; and (d) advocating for positive outcomes on issues concerning older individuals.

Goals

The goals of SIG 15 include:

  • To increase professional awareness of geriatric concerns in the delivery of communication and swallowing disorders services.
  • To develop a forum for discussion of age-related research and clinical issues that impact upon service delivery to older adults and for dissemination of relevant information in a timely fashion.
  • To promote continuing education opportunities for ASHA members interested in gerontology and gerontological aspects of communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To provide advocacy within and recommendations to ASHA regarding policies, procedures, and guidelines related to geriatric communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To interact with other organizations concerned with the needs of older Americans, in order to promote quality interdisciplinary interventions and enhance the visibility of speech-language pathology and audiology services and professions within the services network for older individuals.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on Gerontology

Perspectives on Gerontology is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published three times annually, in January, May, and September. SIG 15's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Gerontology features:

  • News of SIG activities
  • The latest on research and clinical topics
  • Coverage of current professional, practice, and legislative and regulatory issues

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.

Networking

SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in gerontology:

  • SIG 15 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to gerontology.
  • SIG 15 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 15 Coordinator represents the Gerontology Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Specific study and professional issues and activities will be determined by the SIG 15 affiliates and Coordinating Committee.

Coordinating Committee

Members

Coordinator: Janet Schreck, Loyola Clinical Centers, Loyola University, Maryland
Associate Coordinator: Mary Beth Mason-Baughman, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Perspectives Editor: Renee Kinder, Evergreen Rehabilitation
Professional Development Manager: Nancy B. Brandenburger
George Voyzey
Tina Slider Young, Castle Rock, Colorado
Ex Officio: Gennith Johnson, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

Editorial Review Board

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Gail J. Richard, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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