Why do some medical professionals and other caregivers talk to the elderly as though they are small children, even when their mental faculties are intact?
It’s a reflection of ageism, studies suggest. Those who talk to the elderly as children believe that elderly care is similar to child care. The more help the senior needs, the more baby talk they hear from such carers. However, research proves that the elderly is not well received when infantilized and patronized. It frustrates seniors and makes them see the caregiver as less capable.
Another situation is when the elderly can’t hear well enough. In such conditions, caretakers simplify their language and speak louder to communicate better. If you don’t have any problems hearing what they say, tell the carer there’s no need for them to speak like that.