How does language change with aging?

David A. Merrill, MD
Language is an aspect of cognition that changes with normal aging. For example, if you are shown house keys, you may be able to tell what they are, what they do, even how to use them, but you might forget their name. This is the so-called tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon, which is the borderline of normal. Keys are a very common object. Usually, it's more rare stuff that people have trouble finding the right word for, like a descriptive adjective or something to do with the conversation they're having.

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