The adjustment to speech made by younger people when talking to older people based on an assumption that older people can no longer understand normal speech patterns.

ELDERSPEAK: "Some young people use a simplified speeking pattern called elderspeak when talking to older people."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ELDERSPEAK," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/elderspeak/ (accessed September 20, 2021).