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Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

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ANDRADE, Claudia Regina Furquim de  e  MARTINS, Vanessa de Oliveira. Speech fluency variation in elderly. Pró-Fono R. Atual. Cient. [online]. 2010, vol.22, n.1, pp.13-18. ISSN 0104-5687.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-56872010000100004.

BACKGROUND: a number of changes in the speech of normally aging adults have been described in the literature. However age-related changes in fluency have received little attention. AIM: to verify the Fluency Profile of elderlies regarding all of the different fluency parameters. Method: participants were 128 elderlies, of both genders, aged above 60 years. Speech samples of all participants were gathered. They were analyzed according to: type of speech disruption; speech rate and frequency of speech disruptions, based on the analyses of 200 fluent syllables. Participants were compared between themselves regarding the decades of life. Individuals with ages above 80 years constituted a single group. RESULTS: statistical analysis indicated significant differences between the decades only for syllables per minute. For the group of individuals with ages above 80 years, statistical significance was observed indicating an increase in the number of speech disruptions and a decrease in speech rate. CONCLUSION: regarding the fluency parameters analyzed in this study, the effect of aging seems to be more expressive after the age of 80 years.

Palavras-chave : Aged; Speech; Fluency; Methods.

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