Guest Editor's Column The rapid aging of the world's population has taken center stage in social, political, and economic realms. What once was an often forgotten about group that carried very little weight in these realms, now demands attention in every corner of the world and on every facet important to our ... Editorial
Editorial  |   May 01, 2014
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Editorial   |   May 01, 2014
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SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2014, Vol. 4, 3. doi:10.1044/gics4.1.3
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2014, Vol. 4, 3. doi:10.1044/gics4.1.3
The rapid aging of the world's population has taken center stage in social, political, and economic realms. What once was an often forgotten about group that carried very little weight in these realms, now demands attention in every corner of the world and on every facet important to our global village. Why? The reasons are quite simple… there is power in numbers. In the next few years, for the first time in recorded history, the world's population of adults over the age of 65 will outnumber those under the age of 5 (World Health Organization, 2012). With rapid global aging, also comes an increase in the incidence and prevalence of disorders commonly associated with aging, particularly neurogenic disorders such as aphasia and dementia. Along with this unprecedented growth in the aging population, there has been a simultaneous shrinking of the globe—not literally, but in the sense that the cultures of the world are now more accessible and freely exchanged than ever before. Members of various groups are moving from place to place. Technology has brought the world to our doorsteps. As our global village grows and ages, we as clinicians will need to become more informed as to how communication disorders in adult populations are viewed and treated. This issue contains information from several corners of our global village and will serve to widen the global perspective of speech-language-hearing professionals.
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