Audiologic Care for Aging Adults: Baby Boomers to Centenarians

Interactive master classes delivering new skills for independent private audiology practitioners managing elderly patients with cognitive difficulties

Thursday 8 May 2014     9.30 am to 3.30 pm   at Better Hearing Australia, 21 Vulture Road, West End

Saturday 10 May 2014    9.30 am to 3.30 pm at  Cochlear Ltd, Macquarie University, North Ryde
Friday 16 May 2014     10.00 am to 4.00 pm   at  the  Church in the Market, Bondi Junction

Sunday 11 May 2014     9.30 am to 3.30 pm   at  the    Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy,  Heidelberg 

Kathy Pichora-Fuller is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She is also Kathy Pichora Fulleran Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and a Guest Professor at Linköping University in Sweden.  She combines her clinical experience in rehabilitative audiology with experimental psychology and has earned an international reputation for her interdisciplinary approach in linking research on auditory and cognitive processing during communication in everyday life.  She is now applying her lab-based research on communication in healthy aging to try to find solutions to the communication problems of the increasing number of older adults who suffer from both hearing and cognitive impairments.  Kathy was an invited international keynote presenter at the AAAPP seminar Hearing & Cognition: Theory, Research and Practice in September 2013.  Delegates rated Kathy exceptionally highly and asked for further input from her to guide clinical practice.  Delegates comments included: “Kathy Pichora Fuller was very inspiring” and “Kathy Pichora Fuller’s presentations were outstanding”

Marilyn Reed is the Practice Advisor for Audiology at Baycrest, a geriatric care and research centre in Toronto, where she has Marilyn Reedworked since 1997.  She graduated with a Masters degree in Audiology from the University of Southampton in England in 1976, and has since worked in clinical audiology in a variety of settings, always with a geriatric interest.  She was vice president of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists in 2008-9, a Councillor of the College for 6 years, and is currently a non-council member of the Audiology Practice Advisory Committee.  She is a volunteer with Canadian International Hearing Services and on the Board of New Leaf Living and Learning, a residential program for dual-diagnosed developmentally disabled adults.


Part 1: Evidence about Hearing and Aging (3 hours)

Updates on relevant research will be presented to provide an overview of various aspects of aging, including age-related auditory, cognitive and socio-emotional changes.  Importantly, there will be a focus on how these various changes intersect in the everyday lives of older adults. Against this backdrop, we will examine how audiologic care might be tailored better to meet the needs and aspirations of older adults.  Gaps in present services and new approaches to practice will be considered.

Part 2: Adapting audiologic practice to adult life stages (2.5 hours)

Examples of cases at different life stages will be used to discuss challenges in current practice and how audiologic care might be enhanced to promote healthy active aging. Emphasis will be placed on how adjustment to these life stages may influence the needs of and solutions for clients. The stages will span: maintaining, re-entering or changing employment; retirement; relocation; grandparenthood; widowhood; adjusting to disabilities; caregiving; institutionalization.

Registration Fees:

IAA Members & their representatives – $160.00 if booking before 30 March 2014

All other registrations: $260.00

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Contact Dr Louise Collingridge at  or tel 0424 720 915 




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