Communication and aging research involves examination of human message exchange and age-related phenomena. Aging can be conceptualized objectively in a chronological, year-to-year manner or as [Page 155]stages in the life course. A researcher might also investigate subjective views of aging, such as perceptions or attitudes about aging or age groups. Sometimes research in communication and aging takes a lifespan approach in which the focus of the research is developmental. A lifespan approach to communication research recognizes that communicative acts can be understood in relation to preceding communication events. A lifespan perspective on communication research situates the understanding of communication phenomena as influenced by aging. Conversely, aging is viewed as marked by communicative action. Although communicative changes associated with age are often seen in ...
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