Communication and Cognitive Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Older Adults

Communication and Cognitive Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Older Adults 

This course will discuss traumatic brain injuries in the older population, a more frequently occurring diagnosis as the population ages. It will discuss 2 different types of geriatric TBI patients: those who suffered a new TBI and those who have a history of TBI and are now aging with that injury. Assessment, management, and the influence of comorbidities on recovery will be discussed.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-CCETBIOA
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify 2 types of TBI and their effects on older/aging people.
Describe at least 3 deficits identified during the evaluation of an older adult with TBI.
Describe at least 3 comorbid factors that influence the older person’s potential to recover from TBI.
Describe 3 strategies for maximizing communication/cognitive linguistic functioning in older adults with TBI.
Describe the similarities and differences in active rehabilitation of older adults with TBI as compared to younger adults with TBI.
Discuss 2 elements of discharge planning that must be considered in assuring safety for the adult with TBI.

TBI in Older People

Demographic Information – Geriatric versus Younger TBI

Mechanisms of TBI

2 Types of Traumatic Brian Injury in older People

Geriatric TBI data (2013)

Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury

Alertness and Attention

Working/Short Term Memory, Long Term Memory

Visual Perception and Language Skills

Executive Functioning and Problem Solving/Reasoning

Integration of Skills

Why is TBI Different in Older People?

Why Is Aging Different in Older People Who Have Had a TBI?

Dementia and TBI

What Other Comorbid Factors Contribute?


How Can I Help My Patient?

Traditional Rehabilitation

Planning Treatment/Management

Setting Goals

External Aids

What About Apps?

Discharge Planning

Decision Making and Autonomy



Instructor: Pamela Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Pamela Smith is a professor of speech pathology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in acquired neurogenic disorders of communication, cognition and swallowing as well as psycholinguistics. She has over 30 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist including work in acute care, acute rehabilitation, long term care and home health settings. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a member of Special Interest Group #2 Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Special Interest Group #15 Gerontology. Disclosure: Pamela Smith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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