Reading as we age: An examination of complex word reading skills in elderly individuals with and without acquired dyslexia

The majority of English words consist of multiple morphemes (e.g., un-lock-able), but how elderly people read complex words is not well understood. This project draws on a range of innovative methods to study the cognitive mechanisms that underlie complex word reading, by examining older individuals with and without acquired dyslexia. Expected outcomes are a richer understanding of the mechanisms and components of the ageing reading system. By studying the decline and failure of complex word reading skills, this project has the potential to inform the effectiveness of morphological intervention programs, to the benefit of Australia’s ageing population.